Myanmar: Support to the 2020 Elections

Projet terminé

Switzerland contributes to credible, transparent, inclusive and free of violence or intimidation national elections in 2020 through a partnership with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Swiss support will facilitate inclusive reform of the electoral framework, strengthen the capacities of the Union Election Commission as well as increase information and access to electoral process with a focus on women and marginalized groups

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Participation démocratique et société civile
01.12.2019 - 31.03.2022
CHF  1’500’000
Contexte The 2015 elections were a critical milestone in the transition from military power to civilian-led rule, they were the first free and fair elections in more than 50 years. Rising levels of competition among new and merging political parties suggest that the 2020 elections will be more contentious than the 2015 elections. As a result, it will be a bigger stress test for Myanmar’s electoral legal framework and operations. With slow legal reform, it is important for election officials to address critical vulnerabilities prior to Election Day: the Union Election Commission is mandated to conduct every five years general elections and related by-elections and has been newly composed after 2015 elections and needs support in organizing the next general elections; many voters still lack information on how to vote and don’t understand their critical role for legitimisation of authorities. 
Objectifs The 2020 parliamentary elections are credible, transparent and inclusive, as an important milestone in the democratic transition of Myanmar. 
Groupes cibles

The electorate (in particular women, marginalized voters and first time youth voters)

The Union Election Commission (UEC) Civil society supporting the electoral process

Media outlets covering the elections

Effets à moyen terme

1. The electoral framework is consolidated in line with applicable international and regional best practices and local analysis.

2. Capacity of Union Election Commis-sion as an institution and its election officials are enhanced to deliver credible and inclusive elections.

3. Voters have greater information on and access to the electoral process, particularly marginalized groups including women, ethnic commu-nities, youth, migrant workers and persons with disabilities. 


Principaux résultats attendus:  

1.1.   Key electoral processes are strengthened for future electoral events targeting 12 legal reforms to revise electoral procedures.

2.1.   UEC management practices are strengthened through linkages to the strategic plan and 

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

Swiss support to 2015 general elections was with 3 partners: IFES, Norwegian Peoples’ Aid for civil society strengthening and ANFREL for regional election observation. Main results were:

a) Improved technical capacity and operational effectiveness of UEC, b) establishment of more inclusive UEC human resources policies and procedures, c) development of a gender equality audit and strategy, d) increased accessibility of polling stations, e) improved voter registration procedures and voter list, f) establishment of electoral resource centre and electoral knowledge network with CSOs, g) education of marginalized citizens in particular women, youth and ethnic minorities, and h) training of media outlets and production of media monitoring reports.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Autres partenaires
Contribution to International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Swiss support will be closely coordi-nated with Human Security Division. Switzerland will further coordinate with Electoral Support Group, Local Governance Donor Coordination Group (currently co-chaired by World Bank and Switzerland), Joint Peace Fund, Political Officers and Heads of Mission meetings that include Australia, UK, EU, US, Norway, Denmark and UNDP. 
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’500’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’526’055
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.12.2019 - 31.03.2022   (Completed)