The Strengthening Electoral Cycle in the Solomon Islands Project (SECSIP) is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC).
It receives financial assistance from the European Union, the Government of Australia, and UNDP.
Its second phase (SECSIP II – 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020) continues to build on the achievements of the first phase (1 July 2013-30 June 2017).
The project has furthered its commitment to reinforcing the capacities of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Office (SIECO) while building synergies and partnerships with a wide range of national stakeholders.
This covers a wide range of government institutions as well as civil society actors to ensure an improved enabling environment for inclusive elections.
The overarching objective is to strengthen the link between the electoral cycle and other key governance processes and institutions, and contribute to social cohesion and the development of a pluralistic society.
In 2017, the project delivered a foundation training for political parties, youth awareness actions including a school project on electoral awareness and a competition on women’s leadership and political participation for secondary school students and teachers, media trainings on electoral related topics held in Honiara, Gizo and Auki.
In 2018, a critical year for preparations for the 2019 General Elections, efforts have been stepped up under SECSIP II.
Support to SIEC has increased with reinforced technical expertise on electoral operations, voter awareness, civil society organisations support and backing for women’s political participation in order to contribute to ensure a democratic, genuine, acceptable and inclusive election.