The National Elections Commission (NEC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of International Cooperation, have signed an agreement in Khartoum at which UN provided the funds for organizing next year elections.
We have received funds from UN to help us manage the elections next year. According to the agreement, UN shall provide 91 million US dollars as support for the upcoming general elections.” said Ahmed Babu a Sudanese election Commision official.
The fund will facilitate the issuing of ballot cards, civic awareness campaigns and candidate education. Ahmed Babu revealed that part of the money will be used to train election officers and local police to provide security during elections.
Journalists to cover the elections will also benefit from the fund. “The money will also be used to train journalists who will cover the elections so that they acquire skills to provide people with accurate and unbiased information about elections,” he said.
Elections will be held in Sudan next year for the first time since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.
The agreement followed over 20 years of civil war between SPLA and Khartoum government forces which led to thousands of death.
The UN fund was contributed by governments of Italy, united kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands and France.