The United Kingdom has contributed approximately 16 million Kwacha to the ‘Democracy Strengthening in Zambia’ programme managed by the United Nations Development Programme – UNDP .
Making the announcement in Lusaka today, British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley said the funding will among other things ensure that electoral operations are more transparent, efficient, and inclusive.
Mr. Woolley said the UK has allocated significant additional funding to strengthen its cooperation with Zambian institutions and ensure local observers have sufficient resources and capacity to monitor polling.
He pointed out that a key component of UK’s friendship is built upon Zambia’s reputation for democracy and good governance.
Mr. Woolley stressed the importance of everyone across all public institutions, media, and Civil Society to operate without fear.
He said there is no place for violence and that everyone has a responsibility to discourage violence in the strongest terms.
Mr. Woolley said the UK is committed to working with all stakeholders across the political spectrum to help build trust in democracy and the electoral process.
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