Iraqi Electoral Assistance Project

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USAID is providing a grant for electoral support activities across the country to bolster efforts by the Government of Iraq and Iraqi civil society to hold free and fair elections and enhance voter engagement.

Project Snapshot

  • Partners: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

  • Locations: Whole country; All provinces

  • Budget: $9.7 million

  • Duration: January 2021 – January 2023

Context

The contentious results of the last national election held in 2018, due to a combination of low voter turnout, significant delays in the results, and rumors of fraud, contributed to further damaging the credibility of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), and GOI’s capacity to effectively respond to citizens’ needs. Against a backdrop of mounting social, political, and economic tensions, the Government of Iraq (GOI) is facing significant pressure to organize the upcoming 2021 elections in a credible and transparent manner.

USAID Response

USAID is supporting the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) to implement activities across Iraq to bolster efforts by the GOI, IHEC, and Iraqi civil society to hold free and fair elections and enhance voter engagement in the electoral process. Activities include recruiting and deploying electoral expertise to support preparations at the national and regional/governorate level, as well as building the capacity of IHEC members at the Governorate Electoral Offices. Finally, USAID funding will also go towards developing a code of conduct for political advisors participating in the political process.

Anticipated Results

  • Strengthen the technical capacities of IHEC to deliver elections in a credible and transparent manner. 
  • Contribute to greater transparency in the Iraqi electoral process through improved communication tactics with the general public.
  • Expand outreach and civic education efforts targeting the general Iraqi public, with a special focus on women, first-time voters, and members from marginalized groups, in order to increase the public’s level of confidence in electoral institutions and the democratic process. 
  • Improve the electoral legal framework by developing a code of conduct for political advisors participating in the political process.

 

Last updated: September 07, 2021

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