HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani issued Saturday a decision to form the voters' committee stipulated in Article 6 of the Shura Council's Electoral System Law promulgated by Law No 6 of 2021, and the system and controls for its work.
The decision stipulates that the committee shall be formed of five representatives from the ministry (the Ministry of the Interior), including the chairman and his deputy, and four representatives of civil society chosen by the minister.
The deputy chairman shall replace the chairman in the event of his absence or prevented from attending, and the minister shall 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 specialisations and remunerations shall be determined by a decision of the minister.
In accordance with the decision, the committee shall prepare, review and announce the voters' lists.
In particular, it shall have the authority to: receive and examine voters' registration requests, include those who meet the conditions of the voter in the voters' lists, add the names of those whose names were found not to be included in the lists despite their fulfillment of the legally prescribed conditions for the voter, and delete the names of the deceased from the voters' lists, as well as 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 concerned with determining the permanent address of the voter (according to the regulations included in the decision), announcing the voters' lists, receiving objection or grievance requests regarding the initial voters' lists and deciding on them, announcing the final voters' lists at the premises of the electoral constituencies and by any other appropriate means, and excluding the voter who has 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 determines the dates of its meetings, and sets the rules and procedures necessary for the exercise of its competencies.
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 decision stated that the committee may form from among its members or other technicians and specialists working groups, or assign one of its members to study any of the topics related to the committee's competencies.
The decision stipulated that the committee's deliberations, work, reports, data and information obtained for its work shall be of a confidential nature, and its members and employees are prohibited from disclosing such data or information.
According to the aforementioned decision, the committee submits to the minister, at the end of its mission, a report on the results of its work, proposals and recommendations.
It also stipulated that the committee's papers and minutes of its work shall be kept with the department concerned with elections in the ministry, after the end of elections.
In its last article, the decision stipulated that it is effective starting from its date of issuance, and to be published in the Official Gazette.
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