About the Commission

Misions and mandate

The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers is established within the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), by virtue of Law # 30-11 on the terms and conditions of the independent and impartial election observation. It is mandated to receive, examine and decide upon the accreditation applications.

The Commission delivers special cards to accredited observers and badges to wear all the time at the polling stations.

The Commission’s Observation Charter takes into account the universally recognized standards and best practices in election observation. It lays down the principles and fundamental rules observers must respect to exercise their independent and impartial election observation duties.

The Commission organizes several observation training sessions for the accredited observers.

Examining accreditation applications

To decide upon applications and give its accreditations, the Commission examines whether the organizations and their observers applying for accreditation to carry out independent and impartial election observation, meet the required terms and conditions.

The Commission must justify any accreditation refusal decisions. It must inform its decisions to the applying organizations, after examining their applications and the list of election observers they proposed for accreditation, at least 15 days before the polling date. Copies of the Commission’s decisions are sent to the authority in charge of electoral operations within the same timeframe.

Meetings & decisions

The Commission is convened by its Chairperson according to a specific agenda. The agenda must be notified to the members of the Commission with all available means, indicating the date and venue of the meeting.

The Commission’s deliberations may be considered valid only if at least half of its members are present. If the quorum is not met, an invitation is sent to the members to meet for a second time. The second meeting shall be thus held regardless of the number of members who attend.

The Commission takes its decisions by an absolute majority of the members present. In case of a tie, the Chairperson shall have the casting vote.

The Secretariat of the Commission is provided by the Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Council.

Observation reports

The Commission refers the reports it receives from the accredited organizations to the relevant public authorities.

Rules of Procedure

Download the Rules of Procedure

Members of the Commission

The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers is chaired by the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Council or a representative she chooses for this purpose. Its Secretariat is undertaken by the National Human Rights Council’s Secretary-General. It is composed of:

  • Four members representing the departments of Justice, the Interior, Foreign Af-fairs and Cooperation, and Communication;

  • Representative of the Délégation interministérielle aux droits de l’Homme (Inter-ministerial Department for Human Rights;

  • Representative of the National Authority for the Probity, Prevention and Fight Against Corruption (ICPC);

  • Five representatives of civil society organizations represented within the National Human Rights Council, proposed to the Chairperson by these organizations.

  • The Chairperson of the Commission may invite any qualified persons to attend the meetings of the Commission on an advisory basis.