Prime Minister issues decision to form voter’s committee for Shura Council elections
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani issued a decision to form a voters' committee for Shura Council elections earlier today.
Article 6 of the Shura Council's Electoral System law, promulgated by Law No. 6 of 2021, stipulated the decision, as well as the system and regulations for its functioning.
The decision dictates that the committee will be made up of five officials from the Ministry of the Interior, including the chairman and his deputy, and four civil society representatives chosen by the minister.
In the case that the chairman is unable to attend, the deputy chairman will take his place, and the minister will issue a decision naming the chairman, deputy chairman, and members.
The secretariat of the committee shall be assumed by one or more of the ministry's employees, who shall be delegated, and their specializations and remunerations shall be determined by a decision of the minister.
The committee is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and announcing the voter lists in compliance with the decision.
Moreover, it shall have the authority to receive and examine voter registration requests, include those who meet the voter's conditions in the voter's lists, add the names of those whose names were found not to be included in the lists despite meeting the legally prescribed voter's conditions, delete the names of the deceased from the voter's lists, and delete the names of those who lost their voter status since the last review of the lists, as well as those whose names were entered by mistake or without right.
The committee is also responsible for determining the voter's permanent address (in accordance with the decision's regulations), announcing the voters' lists, receiving objections or grievance requests regarding the initial voters' lists and deciding on them, announcing the final voters' lists at the electoral constituency offices and by any other appropriate means, and excluding voters who have been proven to have lost one of the conditions that the voter must meet in the period between the announcement of the final lists and the date of the elections, and amending the voters' lists in accordance with the judicial rulings issued in this regard.
The decision stipulated that the committee shall carry out its work and responsibilities stipulated in the law of the Shura Council's Electoral System referred to and, in this decision, before the Shura Council elections with a sufficient time determined by the minister, whether in the original or supplementary Shura Council elections or the run-off elections, as the case may be.
Under the decision, as an exception to the provision of the previous paragraph, the committee shall carry out its work and competencies with regard to the first elections for the Shura Council, starting from the date of issuing this decision. The committee is considered in a permanent session until the end of the electoral process and decides on the appeals submitted regarding the validity of the elections.
The decision stipulates that the committee meets at the invitation of its chairman, and its convening is valid only with the attendance of the majority of its members, including the chairman or his deputy. Its decisions are issued by the majority of the votes of the members present, and in the event of a tie in the votes, the side of the chairman shall prevail. Minutes are drawn up for each session showing what took place in the session and signed by the chairman and the secretary.
The committee defines the dates for its meetings and the rules and procedures that must be followed in order to carry out its responsibilities.
The decision permitted the committee to request what it deems necessary to exercise its powers of data or documents from ministries or other government agencies, and it may invite to its meetings whoever it deems necessary to attend from among the employees of those bodies or others with competence and experience in the field of its competence to seek their opinion without having the right to vote.
The decision also allowed the committee to assign representatives to the electoral constituency headquarters to receive applications for registration in the voters' lists, to receive objections or grievances to the initial voters' lists, and to refer them to the committee.
The committee may establish working groups from among its members or other technicians and professionals or appoint one of its members to research any of the areas connected to the committee's competencies, according to the decision.
The committee's deliberations, work, reports, data, and information collected for its work are all confidential, and its members and employees are barred from releasing such data or information.
The aforementioned decision pointed out that the committee must present a report on the outcomes of its work, as well as proposals and recommendations, to the minister at the conclusion of its mission.
It also stated that after the elections, the committee's materials and minutes of activity should be preserved with the ministry's department in charge of elections.
The decision specified in its last article that it is effective from the date of issuance and that it would be published in the Official Gazette.
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