UNOAU principal electoral officer, Simon Pierre N (right), and UNDP Resident Coordiantor Violet Kakyomya (left), met with the President of Madagascar, H.E Hery Rajaonarimampianina, during a DPA needs assessment mission
In response to a request for UN electoral assistance dated 05 February 2016 from the Prime Minister from Madagascar, on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), DPA deployed an electoral needs assessment mission (NAM) to Antananarivo from 21 March to 06 April 2016. The request came in anticipation of the forthcoming electoral cycle which will culminate with the holding of the presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections that are expected in 2018-2019 and 2020 respectively.
The mission, led by the UNOAU Principal Electoral Affairs Officer, representing the Electoral Assistance Division (EAD)/Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and comprising representatives of UNDP and Africa I Division/DPA, held several meetings with a wide cross-section of national and international stakeholders, including the Malagasy Head of State, the Prime Minister and members of the Government, political parties, representatives of the media and the civil society including youth and women groups, international partners including international non-governmental organizations.
The NAM was dispatched in order to assess the political, electoral and security environment in country, as well as the legal and institutional framework governing the electoral process and the capacity and needs of relevant election stakeholders, with a view to making recommendations on a potential UN electoral assistance, including the type of assistance that could be provided and the parameters, the length of assistance and the modalities that would govern such assistance.