Ambassador Yamate Remarks

2018 Madagascar Elections

Ambassador Yamate Remarks for the Announcement of $1.2 Million Grant to the UNDP Donors Program for the 2018 Madagascar Elections

National Independent Election Commission (CENI) Headquarters

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm

CENI President Mr. Hery Rakotomanana,
United Nations Representative Violet Kakyomya,
Honored guests,
Ladies and gentlemen.

2018 will be an important year for Madagascar’s democracy.  Following landmark elections in 2013, it is my hope and expectation that Madagascar will hold elections in the coming year that will firmly cement the country’s commitment to open, honest, and democratic governance.

We have confidence in the National Independent Election Commission, CENI, and their ability to manage elections that the people of Madagascar can be proud of and to ensure that the results reflect their will.  Free, fair, and inclusive elections require a lot of work and most of all an unwavering commitment to the electoral process.  I know that with sufficient resources, CENI will be up to the task.

That’s why I am here today to announce our financial support for CENI and their mission to oversee and organize successful 2018 elections.

Thanks to funds made available by USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, the United States Government is contributing $1.2 million to a donors program led by the United Nations Development Program.

This multi-donor effort will support the training and organization of elections staff and civic engagement for the upcoming elections.  The funds we are announcing today will enhance CENI’s ability to manage all aspects of the electoral process, enabling activities that will bolster transparency and increase citizen confidence in the electoral outcome.

The United States is committed to helping CENI and the Government of Madagascar ensure that the 2018 elections are impartial, inclusive, and reflect the free will of the Malagasy people.  We are proud to stand with our partners in the international donor community to support CENI in this endeavor that is so fundamental to the strength and stability of Madagascar.

Thank you.