The United Nations and the European Union earlier this week organized a round-table in Dakar, Senegal to mobilize funds for the holding of the 2018 legislative and 2019 presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau.“The round-table brought together international partners from Guinea Bissau residing in Senegal,” a joint UN-EU statement said.
The meeting which took place last Wednesday came a week after the Bissau-Guinean government and the UN signed a document supporting the 2018-2019 electoral calendars.
The statement said that during the Dakar meeting, the UN draft document supporting the organization of polls in Guinea-Bissau was presented together with an analysis of the political situation and the urgent need for assistance from the international community.
“The participants to the meeting expressed their interest in supporting Guinea-Bissau, but also hope for a positive response from the world community” it said.
The document signed between Bissau and the UN provides for the creation of a common fund to purchase ballot papers and updating the electoral register.
The cost of legislative and presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau is estimated at $7.7 million, but so far just $1 million has been mobilized by the government.
“Supporting Guinea-Bissau’s electoral process to ensure inclusive, free and credible parliamentary elections by 2018 within legal deadlines should be one of the priorities of the United Nations, as recommended by the latest Security Council resolution” said David McLachlan-Karr, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.
For his part, Victor Madeira dos Santos, the EU ambassador to Bissau, said the Dakar meeting was also aimed at keeping international partners abreast with issues related to the organization of the legislative and presidential elections.