Cultura de la Paz y
Fortalecimiento del Órgano Electoral
Plurinacional (OEP) de Bolivia

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After the annulation of the election held in October 2019, discussions within the Dialogue Roundtable facilitated by the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia, the European Union and the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Jean Arnault, led to the signing of an agreement, requesting increased UN engagement in Bolivia. One pillar of the UN Initiative in Bolivia is the support to the Plurinational Electoral Organ (OEP) to hold transparent and credible elections.

UNDP teams took part and collaborated with eight TED in the internal evaluation sessions carried out by these entities. In all cases, lessons learned, challenges, and strengths wereidentified and registered, all in view to upcoming Subnational Elections scheduled for March
TED Beni promoted the signing of a commitment for the development of “Peaceful and Violent-Free Elections”, among the political forces in the race.
The UNDP facilitated an inter-institutional coordination meeting between TED Santa Cruz and representatives of 3 levels of government. Staff from the government, the mayor's office and the forces of order attended.
TED Oruro in coordination with UNDP held a workshop on biosafety measures with a special indigenous circumscription in Oruro.
TED Chuquisaca and representatives of the political parties and alliances in the electoral race, signed a commitment on good practices and electoral conduct, promoted by the project.
TED La Paz, in coordination with UNDP, held an information meeting with different media outlets from La Paz and El Alto. The meeting dealt with topics such as: the electoral calendar, the electoral propaganda regulations and the TED´s communication strategy.
The Chief Technical Advisor visited Trinidad, Beni. He met with journalists to discuss the project, the electoral preparations and the biosafety protocols for voting day
Groups of trainers from TED Pando travelled to rural areas to train electoral notaries. Many of these municipalities are only accessible by boat.
The ballots were sent to the Departmental Electoral Tribunals to be stored at the Departmental Logistics Center. UNDP witnessed the reception of these materials in Cochabamba and Potosí.
The Chief Technical Advisor visited Sucre. There he held a meeting with the press, where he spoke about all the support that UNDP provides to the Plurinational Electoral Body (OEP).
TED Tarija and UNDP organized a second debate between candidates to the Legislative Assembly. Candidates from 4 political organizations presented their ideas to the public.
TED Cochabamba carried out a drill to test the capacity of its computer system and their operating procedures, for the vote counting process. Much of the equipment used was provided by UNDP.
An informative meeting was held between TED La Paz and representatives of the neighborhood councils of El Alto, with the support and participation of UNDP.
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES Bolivia) and UNDP Bolivia carried out a mock election, including biosecurity measures planned for the upcoming elections on 18 October.
UNDP accompanied the Santa Cruz electoral authorities on different trips to rural areas in the department, to encourage citizens to participate in the electoral process.
The electoral entity in charge of trainings (SIFDE) presented the different training modalities to be used in the next weeks. Face-to-face and virtual channels will be combined.
TED Tarija organized a debate between candidates to the Legislative Assembly. The methodological support from Juan Misael Saracho University and the financial backing from UNDP were fundamental. The event was live broadcast on the university's TV channel.
The Voter's Decalogue was presented in La Paz. Produced by students of Political Sciences and International Relations of the Bolivian Catholic University, it counted with the technical support and guidance from UNDP.
TED Potosí tested all its trainers for COVID-19, before deploying them to the different parts of the department.
TED Oruro presented the audiovisual material it produced with UNDP funding.
These videos show voting procedures with biosecurity measures, motivating citizens to exercise their democratic rights.

COVID-19 updates

The spread of COVID-19 on the continent, and the planned measures to contain the virus have both constitutional and technical implications for the timing and administration of the elections in Somalia in an exceptionally complex environment. The NIEC has issued work-from-home orders to its staff. The Government has closed the country’s airspace both internally and externally. While most of Integrated Electoral Support Group’s (IESG) staff are working from home, including national staff, IESG continues to communicate internally and to provide daily technical support to NIEC staff across the broad spectrum of electoral activities, using the communications tools such as WebEx, Zoom and Microsoft teams.

The project is currently focused on the following:
• support to NIEC meetings with Joint Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on the Electoral Law; support NIEC to prepare its operational plan to present to the Parliament before end of May (according to the Electoral Law);
• review of NIEC Corporate Governance Framework in order to institutionalise Corporate Governance in the operations of the NIEC;

• support to NIEC to conduct public outreach activities through use of media including new media in its programming to support electoral process;
• continuation of support for construction of new NIEC compound and infrastructure;
• support to NESTF on preparing its workplan, conducting security assessment of the provisional voter registration sites in the Federal Member States (FMS) and in the Banadir Region, which will drive the preparations of the security operations budget;
• procurement of equipment and furniture for NIEC compound and NESTF operations.

Support to infrastructural development through building the Data Centre at the new NIEC compound is currently ongoing as is construction work by United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)/ United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) on improving the security infrastructure at the compound. If the numbers affected by the pandemic increase in the country, it is likely that construction work will be halted.

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18 October : last general elections

*set as a new date for 2020 general election after the postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Project is present in 6 of 9 departments of Bolivia, with regular travel to the other 3

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are planned for procurement for electoral material to replace items of the electoral body that have been destroyed in the violent protest in October 2019

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electoral dialogues are held a month *

* This number reduced during the complete lockdown due to the pandemic but many dialogues are taking place virtually

Last elections’ key figures

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registered voters for the last elections

*set as a new date for 2020 general election after the postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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votes cast (votos emitidos)

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voter turnout (de participación)

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polling stations

18 October 2020: election's day

Interviews

Luis Martinez-Betanzos, Chief Technical Advisor (spanish)

Salvador Romero, President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Bolivia (spanish)

Luciana Mermet, Resident Representative UNDP Bolivia (spanish)

Susana Sottoli, Resident Coordinator, UN Bolivia (spanish)

Nataly Vargas, President of the Departamental Electoral Tribunal of Tarija (spanish)

Jörg Schreiber, Project officer, EU Delegation Bolivia (spanish)

Where we work

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What we do

Our main focus areas :

  • Technical Assistance
  • Outreach/ stakeholder engagement (cultura de la paz)
  • Gender
  • Procurement of electoral materials
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