Iraqi Elections 2009 

Voter education targeting women in Thi-Qar Governorate in southern Iraq

Educating voters in Iraq

In January 2009, Iraqis went to the polls for provincial elections, an event marked by more registered voters than in the previous elections, a 51 per cent turnout, and a low rate of invalid ballots. Throughout 2008 UNOPS had assisted the democratic transition by providing support to the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC).

The UNDG Iraq Trust Fund asked UNOPS to implement the electoral education campaign with support from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. The campaign raised awareness about the electoral process, critical in a country rebuilding its political institutions after years of violent conflict.

In 2008 the Campaign gave financial and technical support to 75 Iraqi Civil Society Organizations and grass-roots electoral education activities that reached more than 200,000 citizens across the country, with a special focus on women, minorities, disabled people, first-time voters and internally displaced people.Voter education carried out by a local NGO in Thi-Qar Governorate

In the run-up to Election Day the campaign organized 100 ‘opinion leaders sessions’ across the country, involving political entities, tribal and religious leaders, local civil servants and academics, as well as leaders of youth and women associations, in informing communities about the importance of elections.

Electoral support

In parallel to the voter education project, UNOPS under the lead of UNAMI Electoral Assistance Team, continued its support to the institutional development of the Independent High Electoral Commission, set up a country-wide communications network for the Commission headquarters and its 19 sub-offices at the governorate level, and supported the mobilisation and training of 45 000 domestic electoral observers for Election Day.

UNOPS and elections

Since 1999 UNOPS has supported elections in 15 countries spanning four continents. UNOPS has experience in a range of election services including: procuring election goods, such as voting booths and ballot boxes; handling logistics; recruiting and administering support personnel; supporting infrastructure, such as polling stations; supporting electoral observer missions; and related development of national implementation capacity.

UNOPS Iraq elections portfolio - January 2009

Project title:

Institutional Development – Organizational and Human Resources Capacity Building for the IHEC Phase 2
Donor: United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF)
Lead organization: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Electoral Assistance Team (UNAMI-EAT)
National Institutional counterpart: Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC)
Budget: $3,890,000
UNOPS service: Project management
 

Project title:

Provision of Communication Support and Technical Assistance to the IHEC at the HQ and Governorate Electoral Office (GEO) levels
Donor: United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF)
Lead organization: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Electoral Assistance Team (UNAMI-EAT)
National Institutional counterpart: Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC)
Budget: $4,421,000
UNOPS service: Project management


Project title:

Support to Electoral Observer Groups in Iraq Phase III
Donor: United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF)
Lead organization: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Electoral Assistance Team (UNAMI-EAT)
Budget: $6,243,599
UNOPS service: Project management


Project title:

Support to National Electoral Observer Groups for Provincial Council Elections in Iraq Phase IV
Donor: United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF)
Lead organization: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Electoral Assistance Team (UNAMI-EAT)
Budget: $6,913,900
UNOPS service: Project management


Project title:

Electoral Education Campaign

Donor: United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF)
Lead organization: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq - Electoral Assistance Team (UNAMI-EAT)
National Institutional counterpart: Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq (IHEC)
Budget: $5,006,000
UNOPS service: Project management

 




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