Saturday, June 4, 2011

UNDP Supports INEC With N880 Million

Daily Champion
2 June 2011

UNDP Supports INEC With N880 Million
The United Nations' Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners provided $5.5 million to Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to deliver credible voters' register as well as conducting free and fair elections in the country.

The amount, according to the foreign donor agency was to supplement government's funding of about $2.7 million for the training of 260.000 Ad-hoc staff, who took part in the voters' registration exercise.

Altogether, 73.5 million voters were registered, which is an increase of 5.7 million from the previous registered figure.

This financial support was coordinated under Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project managed by UNDP, which seeks to assist Nigerian authorities to consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability.

The DGD project, planned for $80 million over 5 years covers Nigeria's 2010-2015 electoral cycle with funding from the UNDP, the European Union , the UK Department for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Korean International Cooperation Agency.

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