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28 April 2003
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FRED ECKHARD
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Monday, April 28, 2003
UN PROVIDES ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE TO YEMEN BALLOTING
The UN Electoral Assistance Division, which is currently assisting close to 50 electoral processes worldwide, drew attention to the UN involvement in Yemen, where the country’s third parliamentary elections since unification in 1990 took place on Sunday.
The UN Development Programme, which co-chaired with the Netherlands a project to provide technical assistance to the elections, reports that among its achievements was an increase in women's voter registration, with an increase in registration by Yemeni women by 100 percent from the previous elections.
The Electoral Assistance Division took note of the fact that elections took place as scheduled, in spite of speculation that they might be postponed due to the uncertain security climate in Yemen stemming, in part, from the war in Iraq.
The process in Yemen attracted interest from electoral authorities in the region, including the Palestinian Central Election Commission.
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