By AFP Middle East Times Published October 31, 2006

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing $8,000 in support for each female candidate in Bahrain's upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections, an official said Monday.

"The UNDP is going to provide logistical support to female candidates in the amount of BD3,000 [$8,000] for each of them," UNDP coordinator in Bahrain Sayed Aqa told a news conference.

Aqa added that "23 candidates in total will be served by this logistical support, which will be provided for their electoral campaigns and not in the form of cash."

The basis for the aid "is contained in Article 4 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women," Aqa said.

The article states, in part, that "adoption by states parties of temporary special measures aimed at accelerating de facto equality between men and women shall not be considered discrimination."

Eighteen women are among the 220 candidates in the November 25 parliamentary election. Five women are among the 171 candidates for municipal polls scheduled the same day.

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