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Commission spéciale d’accréditation des observateurs des élection

Special Commission fot the Accreditation of Election Observers

Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers​

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Commission spéciale d’accréditation des observateurs des élection

Special Commission fot the Accreditation of Election Observers

Special Commission adopts charter of independent and impartial observation ahead of 2021 elections

The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers approved, during its first meeting at the National Human Rights Council in Rabat, on March23rd, 2021, the Observation Charter, ahead of the independent observation of upcoming elections. The meeting was chaired by Mrs. Amina Bouayach, President of Morocco’s NHRI. Representatives of government departments and members of civil society associations, represented in the CNDH, took part in the meeting.

The Special Commission approved the Charter for independent and impartial election observation, which was drafted in line with a set of international standards. These included the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities etc., in addition to the Constitution, mainly its Article 11, Law No. 11-76 relating to the CNDH reorganization and Law # 30-11 setting out the terms and conditions of the independent and impartial election observation.

The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers set commitments and obligations that accredited bodies and their observers must adhere to:

1- Joint commitments between accredited body and their observers: 

  • Act in accordance with international human rights standards;
  • Respect the sovereignty of the Moroccan State, its institutions and powers;
  • Respect the laws and regulations in force;
  • Monitor elections impartially;
  • Be objective, professional and accurate in election observation and ensure documentation of the electoral process.

2- Commitments of accredited bodies: 

  • Ensure that their observers respect and implement this Charter;
  • Propose impartial observers who have no conflicting personal interests with the independent observation tasks and immediately inform the accreditation commission of any breach of impartiality;
  • Adopt a gender-based approach when selecting observers and pay special attention to cultural and geographic diversity;
  • Appoint an official spokesperson for the election-related communication tasks;
  • Ensure transparent funding in accordance with the laws in force;
  • Draw up reports containing conclusions and recommendations to strengthen the electoral process and submit a copy to the Chairperson of the special accreditation commission.

3- Commitments of observers: 

  • Abide by the scope of their election observation mission;
  • Abide by the independent observation principles;
  • Commit to apply for election observation with only one body;
  • Adhere to their accredited bodies’ guidelines and principles;
  • Conduct no activity or act that may be perceived as favoring any particular candidate, the administration or any other stakeholder concerned;
  • Respect public order during public gatherings and demonstrations organized as part of the election campaigns, etc.

Following Law No. 11.30 setting out the terms and conditions of the independent and impartial election observation, independent and impartial election observation is every process aiming at monitoring the electoral process, collecting data objectively and impartially, assessing their organization conditions and the extent to which they respect the constitutional rules, legislative and regulatory texts related to elections and international standards.

Accredited bodies draw up reports, which include observations and, when necessary, recommendations to the relevant authorities.

Download the independent and impartial election Charter


The National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH) is a national, pluralistic and independent institution. It was created in March 2011 to replace the former Advisory Council for Human Rights established in 1990. The CNDH considers all issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms. The CNDH works for the preservation of the dignity of citizens, individually and collectively, while taking into account the relevant universal and national standards.

Contact

N° 22 Avenue Riad Hay Riad BP 21527 Rabat Maroc

05.37.54.00.00

observation2021@cndh.org.ma

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