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Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote free and fair elections in developing countries. (182980)

We have provided, and will continue to provide, support to promote free and fair elections in a range of developing countries including, for example, the £8 million to support the 2007 successful elections in Sierra Leone. The Department also provided £25 million for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) elections during 2006-07—our largest contribution to date to a national election—and £6 million to support the last elections in Nigeria. We are already providing support for forthcoming elections in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan and Malawi.