Diplocat’s election observation mission to Morocco publishes its statement
The mission comments on participation, transparency, and the role of women, among other aspects
Following its observation mission of the parliamentary elections held in Morocco last Friday (7 October), the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) has offered its preliminary statement to the Moroccan National Council for Human Rights (NCHR). Diplocat was invited by the NCHR to observe the elections alongside around a hundred international observers and 4,000 national observers who also followed the different stages of the electoral process.
The Catalan mission observed the final stages of the election campaign, the opening of the polling stations, the voting process, the closing of the stations, and the count and aggregation of results. In its preliminary statement Diplocat congratulates the Moroccan citizens for carrying out a peaceful and well-organized election. The statement also points out positively the inclusion of a national list of thirty parliamentary seats reserved for young candidates of both sexes, and encourages Morocco to continue working for the inclusion of more women within the electoral administration.
The electoral census of only 15 million people, much lower than the amount of people with a right to vote, together with the low turnout, are the most significant shortcomings – especially among the younger voters. The mission statement also looks at the votes from Moroccan citizens living abroad and mentions the need to find alternative voting methods such as voting at embassies, and postal or electronic votes. More specific technical issues such as questions regarding the areas designated for voting, ballot instructions, invalid ballots and transparency are also dealt with in our report.
The Diplocat mission was made up of twelve observers and visited 59 polling stations in the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Tànger-Tetuan-Al Hoceima regions. The mission was led by Jordi Barrat, professor of Constitutional Law at the Rovira i Virgili University, who has extensive experience in election observations. The other observers were experts in election observation, from civil society and the Diplocat training programmes. The observers met different people and bodies involved in the electoral process, such as government representatives, the National Council for Human Rights, political parties and candidates, representatives of civil society and members of the media.
Through this mission, helping the democratizing and citizenship processes of a Mediterranean neighbour like Morocco, Diplocat continues its work to promote the strengthening of democracy and the respect for exercising rights such as the freedom of speech and the right to vote among other civil rights.
Last updated: 29 November 2016