The Government of Japan has granted an additional contribution of US$1.6 million for the 25 October elections in Côte d’Ivoire. This contribution will enable the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to acquire essential equipment, including 20,000 ballot boxes, 25,000 voting booths and 944,000 ballot box seals.
The contribution agreement, signed today by Hiroshi Kawamura, Japan’s Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Youssouf Bakayoko, IEC President, Babacar Cissé, UNDP Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire and the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Finance, aims to strengthen IEC’s capacities for the organization of credible and inclusive elections.
Hiroshi Kawamura, Ambassador of Japan in Côte d’Ivoire, commended the IEC for its on-going efforts to prepare successful elections and UNDP for managing the election support project. He also confirmed the strong commitment of Japan to accompany Côte d’Ivoire in the organization of credible and inclusive elections.
The programme also aims to support public institutions, the political parties, women, youth and civil society organizations, underrepresented groups and the media to enable them to participate effectively in the electoral process.
“Japan’s contribution is a key component for the organization of elections of 2015. Just as in 2010, Japan remains an important UNDP partner in supporting the consolidation of democracy in Côte d’Ivoire,” said Babacar Cissé.
Japan and UNDP are supporting the Ivorian Government’s activities in promoting a secure environment for peaceful elections through a vast initiative aimed at curbing the proliferation of light arms and light weapons in Côte d’Ivoire.