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The NIEC officially became a member of A-WEB at yesterday’s 3rd General Assembly in Bucharest

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The NIEC officially became a member of A-WEB at yesterday’s 3rd General Assembly in Bucharest


On 31 August, the Deputy Chair of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), Mr. Sayed Ali Mohamed, attended the third general assembly of the Association of the World Election Bodies (A-WEB), held in Bucharest, Romania. During the session the request for membership presented earlier in 2017by the NIEC has been accepted, along with the ones from Papa New Guinea, Colombia and Peru: the new members will join the existing 106 members from 104 countries, while one member withdrew its membership.

The Organization for the Arab Electoral Management Bodies (Arab EMBs) also became an associate member of the AWEB. The NIEC, also member of the Arab EMBs since 2016, intends to capitalize on the electoral experience and knowledge of these international institutions.

The current Secretary General, Mr. Yong-Hi Kim, was reappointed for another year while the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, Mr. Daniel Barbu, was elected as Chairperson of the A-WEB. During the rest of the session the Assembly discussed the 2015-16 financial and audit report and the 2017 work and budget plans. The NIEC trusts that some of the activities for the 2018, presented at the session, will also benefit the upcoming Somali electoral preparation for the 2020/21 universal elections.

The A-WEB Assembly also proceeded to some amendments to the Charter, aiming among others to the inclusion of the international cooperation among the objectives of the association and the diversification of the composition of the Executive Body. In particular the members of the Executive Body have been increased to reach 17, distributed as follows: five to Africa (Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Kenya, Malawi and Guinea), four to both America and Asia, three to Europe and one to Oceania.

Finally the Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution aiming to transform the Association of World Election Bodies, currently an NGO established in South Korea on 14 October 2013, into an Inter-Governmental International Organization, in particular to improving visibility and status of the A-WEB, while maintaining the same vision and mission.