Electoral nominations commence [Archives:2006/972/Local News]

August 14 2006

By: Yasser Al-Mayasi
SANA'A, Aug. 13 ) Those wishing to run in the local elections have until Aug 21 to nominate themselves.

The primary committees across the republic will receive the applications for the local elections on Sep 20, decided simultaneously with the presidential elections.

The process of receiving application is conducted by 333 primary committees at the district level and 5620 at the level of the local constituencies

According to the law of general elections and referendum, every voter has the right to nominate himself for assuming the membership of the local council in his own local constituency after the Supreme Committee for Elections and Referendum called all legally eligible voters to submit their documents.

Al-Janadi: Upcoming elections will be more open

During a news conference on Tuesday, Abdu Al-Janadi, member of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) and Chairman of the commission's media sector said the upcoming presidential and local elections will be more transparent, said,

“The upcoming elections will be the best ever seen throughout the democratic experience in the Arab world, as the components of competition are available and there is equality between those in power and opposition candidates,” Al-Janadi stated.

His commission has played an integral role in preparation for the democratic process scheduled to take place on Sept. 20.

The SCER's work is based on achieving transparency and neutrality and creating a balanced election structure. The upcoming local and presidential elections will be monitored by many international organizations wanting free elections and some countries including the U.S. and Canada as well as party observation.

The SCER was formed according to a previously-signed agreement stipulating that 46 percent of the commission members must be from Joint Meeting Parties and 54 percent from the General People's Congress.

The SCER also mentioned that 164,000 repeated names and 80,000 minors were dropped from the voters' registers and were referred to courts to stand trial.