The long-standing partnership between the Central Electoral Commission and UNDP resulted in the establishment of a strong professional institution, able to provide transparent and inclusive democratic elections. With UNDP support, the Central Electoral Commission managed to move the electoral process in the Republic of Moldova to an advanced level through the development and use of the modern and innovative State Automated Information System “Elections” (SAISE).
During 2012 – 2017, UNDP offered support to the Central Electoral Commission in the areas of gender equality and human rights, institutional capacity development, strategic development of the Center for Continuous Electoral Training to deliver professional training to electoral officials, political party finance legislation implementation and transparent electoral reform processes. Moreover, substantial steps were taken in addressing challenges related to the data quality and data exchange possibilities among key registers owned by different government institutions.
Based on the solid results achieved, the new Project will continue to support the Central Electoral Commission to ensure the finality and sustainability of the previous UNDP interventions.
The Project “Enhancing democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections” will be implemented during July 2017 – December 2019 in partnership with the Central Electoral Commission, Center for Continuous Electoral Training, Agency of Public Services, E-Government Center, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
The overall Goal of the Project is to achieve an enhanced transparency and inclusiveness of the electoral process in Moldova through a modernized IT system, improved legislation and intensified public participation, addressing the root causes of the current challenges hampering the further development of the democracy and the advancement of the electoral process in the Republic of Moldova. The Project will contribute to:
- Achieving a more accurate State Register of Voters (SRV), by a) improving the quality and accessibility of data by reengineering the Civil Status Acts systems, b) fully developing the State Address Register and c) facilitating data exchange and interoperability between different government agencies via M-Connect Platform;
- Enhancing the inclusiveness of the electoral process through developing a remote voting tool and adjusting the SAISE system to keep up with the technical and political developments;
- Supporting the legal reform in the area of elections to erase ambiguities and respond to the technical developments and strengthening the reporting system of political parties financing;
- Enhancing political participation of citizens by setting up and implementing the voters’ information and civic education programmes, specifically targeting vulnerable groups including women, youth, persons with different types of disabilities and linguistic minorities and the Diaspora.
- Credibility of the State Register of Voters enhanced;
- I-Voting Pilot process for the 2018 elections developed and implemented supported by an advanced SAISE;
- Election related legal reform advanced;
- Civic Education and Voter Information systems strengthened with a particular focus on women and youth.