NHRC Organizes Workshop for CMC Elections Observers Team

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has organized a workshop for the Central Municipal Council (CMC) elections monitoring team, in the context of qualifying the team, which comprises a number of members and employees of the committee, to carry out the required tasks in the electoral committees in accordance with national and international standards.

HE Deputy Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, the head of NHRC’s Visits and Monitoring Committee, presented a paper on the importance of monitoring elections to ensure integrity and transparency. He emphasized the right of any male or female citizen registered in the electoral register to participate in free and fair elections, as one of the basic human rights that should be enjoyed without discrimination.

Dr. Al Kuwari stressed the need for NHRC’s members and employees who work as election observers to enjoy independence, impartiality and objectivity, and to have the necessary lingual skills and experience to manage election affairs. They should be present at the polls from the beginning of the electoral process along with officials, candidates and voters.

HE Deputy Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee also touched on setting a plan for election monitoring, including developing a strategic plan for recruitment, monitoring and publishing; defining mission objectives; and defining expected results from monitoring, in addition to international standards for election monitoring, which include global guidelines to promote real elections.

He explained that the goal of election monitoring is achieving a number of basic elements, which are ensuring an independent, impartial and objective evaluation of the electoral process; encouraging acceptance of election results; participating in building confidence in the electoral process; ensuring elections safety and monitoring the protection of all human rights during the election period.

During the workshop, Al Kuwari gave an explanation of the geographical targeting to provide the monitoring team with basic information and help them locate the places where large numbers of voters are located, stressing the importance of developing monitoring forms to enable the election monitoring team to systematically collect data about the election process and analyze the election procedures.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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