Peru's National Electoral Board (JNE)
and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
have agreed to join forces to improve the planning, conduct, and monitoring of electoral processes ahead of municipal and regional elections in 2022.
To that end, the two institutions have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will cover aspects such as the promotion of political participation of women, youth, and the peoples.
The MoU will also focus on crisis management and the fight against misinformation, as well as infodemic, that is, too much information about a particular topic.
In addition, both the JNE and the UNDP will work to promote transparency and accountability of political groups participating in elections, as well as the strengthening of non-violent political participation of citizens in the exercise of their political rights.
The MoU was signed by JNE Chairman Jorge Luis Salas and UNDP Resident Representative in Peru Bettina Woll.
The head of the electoral board underscored that the support provided by the UNDP was very useful in the health context derived from the COVID-19 pandemic and from the disinformation campaign launched against the JNE.
For her part, Woll noted that joint efforts with the electoral entity will promote governance in the Peruvian society.