Ballot papers, registration books and other electoral materials for Libya’s upcoming national elections arrived at Tripoli International Airport on Saturday 14 June 2014.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director for Libya, Selva Ramachandran, and Abubaker Mohammed Marda, member of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), were on hand at the airport to receive the shipment.
UNDP facilitated the procurement process using funds provided by the Government of Libya, as part of UN support for the 25 June 2014 Council of Representatives election, the third national election since the 2011 revolution.
“We are very proud to support the electoral processes,” Mr. Ramachandran said during the airport ceremony. “Our support to Libya in its efforts to build state institutions will continue not only in elections but in many areas,” he added.
United Nations electoral assistance is undertaken in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution /2144 (2014), delivered by an integrated team that brings together resources from the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and UNDP. Assistance is provided in several areas, including operational support to electoral processes, technical assistance to electoral authorities through provision of expert advisors and efforts to promote knowledge and awareness of electoral issues amongst a variety of Libyan stakeholders.
Electoral assistance provided by the United Nations is supported by Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Japan, Libya, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.