Election observation mission to Morocco

DIPLOCAT organizes an election observation mission to Morocco

The team who will follow tomorrow’s election consists of 12 observers

The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) has been invited to monitor the parliamentary elections taking place in Morocco tomorrow by the National Council for Human Rights, the Moroccan agency responsible for accrediting international observers.

The mission is made up of 12 people trained in the field of election observation. They have followed the preparations and the final days of the campaign and tomorrow they will observe the voting process at the polls, the counting, the aggregation and the subsequent declaration of results.

Albert Royo, secretary general of Diplocat, explains that the aim is “to promote the strengthening of democracy and the respect for the effective exercise of a series of rights, including the right to freedom of expression, the right to vote and other civil rights” and “to back democratization processes in nearby countries such as Morocco". According to Royo, another goal includes "making Catalonia visible as a committed, serious and responsible international actor in a natural environment such as the Mediterranean area".

The Catalan observers have held meetings with various actors involved in the electoral process, including government authorities, the National Council for Human Rights, political parties and candidates, civil society representatives and journalists. The election observation mission will present a public report after the election.

Other international organizations observing the election include the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the USA. Nearly a hundred international observers have been accredited for the occasion.

Diplocat has organized training courses on election observation in Catalonia and has sent other observer teams before, to countries such as Costa Rica, Uruguay and Armenia.

Last updated: 6 October 2016