12:21 - 2023-06-03
Today, Saturday, the Electoral Commission clarified the mechanism for voting, counting and sorting in the upcoming provincial elections, while calling for facilitating the granting of entry visas to international observers.
"The commission is preparing to hold elections next December, according to what was proven in the amended electoral law, and it is now working according to a timetable for each stage of the electoral process," said the commission's spokesperson, Jumana Al-Ghalali, noting that "the commission has begun its work and preparations for the stage of updating the electoral register." electors.”
And she pointed out that "the head of the electoral district, Abbas Al-Fatlawi, directed the formation of committees in preparation for the elections, including setting technical specifications and estimated costs for the needs and polling staff, in addition to the simulation committee."
And she added, "The initial preparations we started with and are still continuing," pointing out that "the committees study what is required for each of the stages, and work until the end of polling day, so the preparations have begun and work continues, stage after stage."
Al-Ghalay continued, "According to the Third Amendment Law for Parliament, Provincial and District Council elections No. 12 of 2018, the pyrometric card became the basis in the previous and before elections, as there were long and short-term cards," explaining that "in the provincial council elections, voting is the same. Previously, with verification, counting and sorting devices, manual sorting was added.
She stated that "in every electoral process, the Commission does not dispense with the partners of the electoral process, whether from local and international observers, local and international organizations, the media and agents of political parties. Even voters have an important fundamental role in the elections, and therefore the need to communicate with international and local organizations as they add integrity and transparency to the electoral process." Noting that "a committee of international observers was formed, headed by the head of the constituency, Abbas Al-Fatlawi, for the purpose of coordinating work in this aspect."
And she stressed "the need to participate in the electoral process for all partners of the electoral process, including international and local organizations," pointing out that "the Council of Ministers provides the financial, administrative and logistical aspects and invites institutions, ministries and governors to support and support the electoral process, for example the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Interior and the Integrity, Accountability and Justice Commission Criminal evidence and other institutions related to the work of the Electoral Commission.
Al-Ghalali confirmed that "there is coordination with the Ministries of Education regarding certificates or academic documents for candidates in these elections, as well as coordination of work with the Ministry of Interior, especially the Supreme Security Committee for Elections, in order to preserve the security and safety of voters and everything related to the buildings and constructions of the Commission," noting that "from Among the requirements of the commission is to convert electoral contract employees into operational contracts, due to the commission's need for their services.
She explained, "This call is to support the Commission's work in all technical, administrative and logistical aspects that it may need," calling for "instructing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the granting of entry visas to international observers accredited to the Commission in support of the integrity of the electoral process."
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