|04DJIBOUTI681||2004-05-10 14:50:00||CONFIDENTIAL||Embassy Djibouti|
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1. (SBU) This is an action message.
2. (SBU) Minister of Interior and Decentralization,
Abdulkader Dualeh Wais, convoked Ambassador to the Ministry
on May 8 to request additional USG financial assistance for
Djibouti's upcoming regional elections. Reftels reported an
outstanding request from Wais for USD 500,000 for printing,
computer networks, informational material, vehicles, repair
of voter card distribution offices and an Independent
Electoral Commission in support of these elections. Embassy
awaits Department's response to these earlier reftels.
3. (SBU) In the May 8 meeting, Wais told Ambassador that
regional elections were now planned for November, 2004 vice
October. He said that after elections are over, and a formal
installation of officers, those elected must be given
furnished offices out of which to operate and vehicles to
reach constituents in their districts. The total number of
regional officers, he said, would equal 13: one each from
the districts of Obock, Dikhil, Tadjoura, Ali Sabieh, Arta
and Djibouti. In addition, in Djibouti there will be a
"Conseil" or Director, for each of the "arrondissements," or
districts of Djibouti, and another individual to serve as
4. (SBU) Wais acknowledged in the meeting that overall
assistance has also been requested from France and the EU for
5. (C) Comment: Ambassador made no promises to Wais and it
is unclear what money can be obligated in this fiscal year,
or in FY 2005, for these elections. Whatever the Department
decides to provide, however, will require oversight and
management to avoid opportunities for diversion of resources.
We can work with USAID to consider possible mechanisms
through which to channel this assistance. Financial support
provided by the U.S. for Djibouti's legislative elections in
2003 were managed by the Embassy's first-tour consular
officer. We do not believe this would be an effective or
appropriate option for the mission with any funding for
November's regional elections.
6. (C) It is also unclear what France or the EU will provide
Djibouti, if any amount, in this instance, although the EU
representative stated that approval of the purchase of 4 x 4
vehicles would be difficult. Embassy recommends that
whatever is provided be provided in coordination with other
donors. End comment.