Myanmar: Support to the 2015 Elections

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The 2015 general elections are arguably Myanmar’s single most important step in its current historical political transition. They would be the first major democratic elections in the country in 50 years and will determine who will lead the country, its profound reforms and peace process at this crucial time. If sufficiently credible, transparent, inclusive and free of violence, they may lead to a scale up of intergovernmental support and direct foreign investment.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Participation démocratique et société civile
01.12.2014 - 30.11.2018
CHF 2'060'000

Myanmar is in the midst of a historical political transition. The 2010 and 2012 by-elections led to opposition parties gaining seats in parliament (10%) but were highly criticized. Personal and political stakes are very high, including for the army which may lose institutional power depending on the result of the elections. Intercommunal tensions/ violence and the peace process further compound the situation.


The 2015 parliamentary elections are credible, transparent and inclusive, as an important milestone in the democratic transition of Myanmar.

Groupes cibles

The Union Electoral Commission (UEC)

Civil society supporting the electoral process

Media outlets covering the elections

The Electorate, in particular women and marginalized voters.


Effets à moyen terme
  1. The Union Electoral Commission (UEC) is effectively supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to prepare technically sound, inclusive and transparent elections
  2. The capacity of civil society is strengthened through IFES to educate the electorate and targeted groups to participate in the 2015 electoral process,
  3. Civil society is supported to conduct local observation and/or prevent electoral violence



Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Technical capacity and operational effectiveness of the UEC improved
  • UEC human resources policies and procedures to facilitate the recruitment of a diverse and inclusive staff strengthened
  • Gender audit and gender strategy developed and implemented
  • Accessibility of the polling stations increased
  • Voters registration procedure and voter list improved
  • Electoral resource center and Electoral Knowledge Network established for and with CSOs;
  • Marginalized citizens educated on electoral processes, in particular women, youth and ethnic minorities, through at least 50 civil society events
  • Media outlets trained and media monitoring reports produced.
  • Local observation missions conducted

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

International IDEA is also a member of the Electoral Support Group (technical expertise).

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

SDC support will be closely coordinated with HSD. Switzerland will coordinate through the Electoral Support Group, Governance Working Group, Political Officers and Heads of Mission coordination meetings, that include mainly DFAT (Australia), UK, EU, US, Norway and UNDP. The Electoral Support Group will coordinate on a regular basis with the UEC. In addition, SDC will coordinate with civil society.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   2'060'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   2'036'660
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.12.2014 - 30.11.2018   (Completed)