Project data


28 electoral specialists*

*as of May 2021


01/01/2020 –30/06/2021


1. Technical assistance
2. Electoral dialogues
3. Gender
4. Procurement

Sources of funding

Kingdom of Sweden: US$ 2,333,567
European Union (EU): US$ 2,272,727
AIESEC: US$ 900,000
Canada: US$ 727,272
Peacebuilding Fund (PBF): US$ 500,000
Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA): US$ 440,000
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): US$ 272,039
OEP: US$ 250,000
United Kingdom of Great Britain: US$ 25,543
Plurinational State of Bolivia: US$ 3,000,000

Total contributions pledged: US$ 7,721,148
Total budget of the project: US$ 10,721,148

Strategic associates

UN Women
UN Volunteers (UNV)


US$ 13,318,300

* This figures is likely to be revised as it does not include the elections budget which is still under discussions

Main objectives

1. The institutional capacity of National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) is developed to fulfill its mandate to prepare for and conduct electoral operations, including at the subnational level.

2. Support the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) to conduct electoral operations to prepare for elections in 2021, including voter registration planning and voter education.

3. Support the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to develop the electoral legal framework, including the system of representation, through a consultative and inclusive approach.

What we do

The Project, started in January 2020, has supported the organization of the 2020 general elections and the 2021 sub-national elections. 

In that time, it has focused on the following 4 areas:

  1. Provision of technical assistance and expert advice to the OEP.
  2. Creation of spaces for dialogue with key actors, to reduce the possibility of electoral violence.
  3. Dissemination of women’s political rights and support for their full exercise.
  4. Acquisition of critical electoral equipment, in replacement of that obsolete, damaged or destroyed.

Technical Assistance

  • Assistance based on the work of a team of 29 national and international electoral specialists.
  • With physical presence in the 9 departments and the 10 Electoral Tribunals of the country: TSE and 9 TED.
  • Advice in terms of electoral operations, data computation, electoral justice, intercultural democracy, communication and strategic planning, etc.

Electoral dialogues

  • Until May 2021, more than 375 events and dialogues organized in all departments of the country.
  • Political and civil society organizations, the media, other institutional actors, women, youth and indigenous people are the target audiences.
  • The political campaign, electoral regulation, biosecurity, chain of custody, the electoral roll, the computer system and the political context are the topics addressed.


  • Organization of events and spaces to promote gender equality in the electoral context, the effective dissemination of women’s political rights and the substantive discussion on female political empowerment

Procurement of electoral materials

  • Immediate or short-term acquisition of electoral equipment destroyed, damaged or stolen in 2019.
  • As of May 2021, more than USD 2.5M spent on critical hardware and software for the organization of elections

Covered elections

  • General elections 2020, on 18 October
  • Sub-national elections 2021, on 7 March

Who we are

As of May 2021, the project team is made up of 28 people:

Fernanda Lopes

Chief Electoral Advisor

Yamila Gutierrez

Gender Coordinator

Rahel Brugger

Electoral Project Coordinator

Jorge Guzmán

Electoral Communications Consultant

Alberto García

Democratic Dialogue Specialist

Ivan Kucharsky

National Electoral Officer

Jacqueline Mendez

Administrative Assistant

Gerardo Luna

Security IT Expert

Alvaro Moscoso

Administrative Associate

Gabriela Montilla

National Electoral Advisor for Santa Cruz

Natalia Benavides

Administrative Assistant

Nicolas Hinojosa

Technical Advisor

Isabel Otero

Departmental Electoral Officer for La Paz and Oruro

Eduardo Quezada

Departmental Electoral Officer for Chuquisaca and Potosi

Mariana Ottich

National Electoral Advisor for Pando

Ely Linares

National Electoral Advisor for Oruro

Natalia Camacho

National Electoral Advisor for Potosi

Aydee Figueroa

National Electoral Advisor for Chuquisaca and Potosí

Maria Isabel Gil

Gender Coordinator

Mauro Calvo

Departmental Electoral Officer for Cochabamba and Tarija

Dita Bicanovska

Departmental Electoral Advisor for Cochabamba and Tarija

Fernando García

National Electoral Advisor for Cochabamba and Tarija

Iván Esquiva

Departmental Electoral Officer for Santa Cruz

Eugenio Martín del Campo

Departmental Electoral Advisor for Santa Cruz

Victoria Perotti

Departmental Electoral Officer for Beni and Pando

Constanza Llanos

Departmental Electoral Advisor for La Paz

René Ortega

National Electoral Advisor for Beni and Pando

Rafael Lopez Pintor

Consultant in Electoral Justice


UNDP Project focal point

For any inquiries please contact
Rahel Brugger Piriz
Electoral Project Coordinator