Japan announces new financial contributions to support Libya elections


Japanese contribution will help UNDP purchase election materials to support the conduct of national elections

Yesterday, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in Libya, Mr. Masaki Amadera, signed an agreement with the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mr. Marc-André Franche, at headquarters of the HNEC, by which Japan commits 198,000,000.0 Japanese YEN (1.8 M USD) to support the UNDP project “Promotion of Elections for the Libyan People” (PEPOL).

During the signing ceremony, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Amadera said: “The government and citizens of Japan stand ready to support the Libyan national elections as well as political and social stability through democratic systems. We highly appreciate the efforts and excellent work of NHEC and UNDP. This signing ceremony is just the start. The Government of Japan will stand alongside the Libyan people and continue to support them over the longer term. “

The ceremony was attended by Dr Emad Al-Sayah, President of NHEC, who said: “We appreciate the support and cooperation provided by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in addition to assistance by the international community to support the democratic process in Libya.

For his part, the Resident Representative of UNDP, Mr. Franche, said, “ I would like to thank the generosity of the Government of Japan for joining the efforts led by UNDP and UNSMIL to support NHEC in the organization of presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya. Fair and free elections are at the heart of democracy because they allow citizens to elect their representatives to govern the country. With financial support from the Government of Japan and technical support from UNDP and UNSMIL, NHEC will be able to advance the country’s progress towards free and fair elections. ”

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