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ATF participated in observing Morocco’s 2007 elections

2007-09-11

The ATF participated in the international delegation to monitor the election in Morocco held on September 7th, 2007. The delegation, which was organized by the National Democratic Institution (NDI), was composed of fifty two individuals including current and former legislators, former government ministers and ambassadors, elections and human rights experts, civic leaders and regional specialists from 19 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, North America and South America.

The delegation visited Morocco during September 3rd and 10th, 2007 at the invitation of the Consultative Committee on Human Rights (CCDH).held on September 7th, 2007.

Pic 1: Leaders of the delegation: Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament (Canada); Hélène Scherrer, former Minister of Canadian Heritage; Sally Shelton-Colby, former U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Judy Baar Topinka, former Treasurer and State Senator for the State of Illinois (United States); Lousewies van der Laan, former Member of the European Parliament (Netherlands); and Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) (Canada)

The leadership group for the delegation consists of: Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh, Director of the Arab Thought Forum (Palestine); Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament (Canada); Jorge Quiroga, former President of Bolivia and Member of the Club of Madrid; Hélène Scherrer, former Minister of Canadian Heritage; Sally Shelton-Colby, former U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Judy Baar Topinka, former Treasurer and State Senator for the State of Illinois (United States); Lousewies van der Laan, former Member of the European Parliament (Netherlands); and Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) (Canada).

Pic 2: Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh with the four main heads of the moroccan political parties during an Al Jazera broadcast, Septmber 8th, 2007

A preliminary statement on Morocco’s 2007 elections was offered by the international electoral observation delegation. (attached)

In addition to visiting polling stations and tabulation centers, delegation members have met with representatives of political parties, candidates, civic leaders, domestic observers, electoral authorities, government officials, representatives of the domestic and international media and voters. The delegation benefited from the findings and recommendations of a pre-election assessment team that visited Morocco from August 9th to 15th. (attached)

Pic 3: Abdel Rahman Abu Arafeh with Jorge Quiroga, former President of Bolivia

The purposes of this delegation are to demonstrate the international community’s interest in and support for the development of a democratic political process in Morocco and to provide an impartial assessment of the September 7th polls. The delegation conducted its activities in accordance with the laws of Morocco and the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, and without interference in the elections process.


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