OIC sets up body to oversee elections

JEDDAH, Jan 31 (KUNA) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has set up a special division for supervising elections in the member states.
The decision was taken during a meeting of government experts, held at the OIC headquarters, on Sunday.
Ambassador Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Alem, the OIC Secretary General Assistant for Political Affairs, said in a statement during the meeting that the unit establishment was in implementation of resolutions that had been taken in this regard by the OIC countries’ foreign ministers, during the past ministerial sessions, the 41st held in Jeddah and the 42nd hosted by Kuwait.
He indicated that the OIC, although would take part in overseeing the polls, would adhere to basic norms; non-intervention in states’ domestic affairs and abidance by the local laws and constitutions regarding the polling.
The OIC, due to its good reputation at this level, is receiving requests from non-member states to observe their elections, Alem said, however he noted that priority would be for the member countries. (end) nh.rk