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The Elections Network conducts “The Elections Observer’s Course” in Kuwait

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The Elections Network conducts “The Elections Observer’s Course” in Kuwait

The Elections Network in the Arab Region (ENAR), in cooperation with the Gulf forum, and the Kuwait Action Umbrella (KAU), under the supervision of the development company for Training and management consultation, has just completed the course for the qualification of the international elections’ observer. The duration of the course was three days from 29 to 31 of January 2012. The venue of the course was hotel Crown Plaza. The participants were 18 male and female. Instructors for the course were, the chairman of the elections network in the Arab region, Dr. Nizam Assaf and his deputy Mr. Anwer Al-Rasheed.

The Elections Network conducts “The Elections Observer’s Course” in Kuwait

At the end of the course Mr. Al-Rashid stated that this course is the first step in a long way to recognize the real role of the elections observer in a professional manner, and the real practice will refine this role. He clarified that the Arab network for the elections in the Arab region, who had observed the elections in nine Arab countries (Mauritania, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt), during the last six years and recorded unprecedented successes in the history of the elections’ observation in the Arab region. Mr. Al-Rasheed stressed on the independence and neutrality of the elections observer, and that he should give special care to the international standards that should be available in every election.

The Elections Network conducts “The Elections Observer’s Course” in Kuwait

Mr. Al-Rasheed added that there are some Arab countries consider the election observation as interference in the internal affairs of the country; and hence affects the sovereignty of the state. This is off course, not true, and is usually considered as an excuse to avoid the international observers. It is used as a cover to the malfunctions that could happen in the elections. As an example we can mention the behavior of the ousted regime in Egypt, when they refused the presence of the international observers, and many faults were committed. But a year after the fall of that regime, the new regime accepted the presence of the observers from different institutions including the Arab elections network were 67 of its members from different Arab countries were present.

The head of the political section in the British embassy in the state of Kuwait Mr. Tom Shepherd, declared that he is grateful to the organizers of the course, and to Mr. Rasheed, the consultant, who allowed him to speak to the participants, were he found people interested in the elections, which was a reason for appreciation and admiration.

Mr. Shepherd added: “I think that the reason for my presence here is to give you a general view about the elections in Britain, one of the oldest democracies in the world. As you know, the fair and transparent elections are crucial because the elections are the core of democracy, which is the rule of the people, depends completely on the people’s votes. This reflects mainly on the results of the elections.”

“The elections observers are those who bring the attention to such practices, they give a positive feeling to the voters, who feel through their presence that the election process proceeds in fair and transparent shape. That is why the observer should not be a member of any political party, and without any political inclination, and should not encourage the voting to any party. The observers should not bear or wear anything that implies to any party or sect, or write anything in support for somebody. The observers should not be an obstacle to any authority that supervises the elections, or make it difficult to anyone to vote.”

The Elections Network conducts “The Elections Observer’s Course” in Kuwait

As representative of the participants, Mr. Faleh El-Askar, expressed his gratitude to the organizers, and praised the effectiveness of the course and the professional discussions conducted through it. He stated that he and his fellows wouldn’t acquire such knowledge without being involved in such courses.

It is worth mentioning that the election network in the Arab region has been established in 2006, by the initiative of the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies.