About the Committee

The Central Committee is assigned by a decision of the Council of Ministers, and it is managed by a chairman who exercises the competencies stipulated below, and who has a deputy assigned by a decision of the Minister of Local Government based on a proposal from the Chairman of the Committee. His deputy is responsible for following up on the technical activities of the committee’s work and replaces the chairman in his absence. The Committee has organizational divisions that enable it to perform its tasks.

The Central Committee exercises its competencies through the Local Administration System Law No. (59) for the year 2012 AD, its executive regulations and the decisions issued pursuant thereto by the Council of Ministers regulating local elections. The Committee is responsible for taking the necessary procedures for the elections of local councils and preparing for them in a manner that guarantees their integrity in accordance with the powers assigned to it in the legislation in force in particular, which are as follows:

  • Implementing laws, regulations and decisions related to local elections and submitting proposals thereon.
  • Organizing, managing, supervising and monitoring the electoral process.
  • Enhancing transparency, integrity and impartiality in the implementation of the electoral process and seeking to apply international standards in this regard.
  • Take the necessary measures to implement the local council elections.
  • Registering voters, preparing their records, and determining the conditions and controls for their registration.
  • Determining the forms for accepting candidacy applications and registering candidates.
  • Determine the polling centers in the electoral districts.
  • Preparing and implementing polling, sorting and counting operations.
  • Adopting and announcing the initial and final results of the local elections.
  • Issuing accreditation cards for local and international election observers, candidate agents, and media professionals, and facilitating their work.
  • Determining the dates of local elections and announcing them.
  • Develop the estimated budget necessary for the electoral process and present it to the Minister of Local Government to take the necessary measures for approval.
  • Issuing decisions related to technical issues regulating the electoral process.
  • Forming sub-committees in local electoral districts to carry out the electoral process in them, in coordination with the Central Committee.
  • Hold meetings on a regular basis, propose their agenda, and implement related recommendations.
  • Documenting and recording the minutes of the committee's meetings and keeping its minutes in the accepted ways.
  • Representing the committee with ministries, departments and public institutions, looking after their interests, coordinating between them, and participating in setting the comprehensive development plan for the state.
  • Organizing participation in conferences, workshops and all local and international forums related to the work of the Committee.
  • Holding conferences, seminars and discussion panels to discuss issues related to the affairs of managing electoral operations in coordination with the relevant authorities.
  • Developing the capabilities and skills of the targets and those involved in the electoral process, and providing them with frameworks of knowledge in the affairs of electoral work, in a way that enables them to actively participate in the electoral programs.
  • Concluding agreements and memoranda of understanding with the relevant authorities to serve the work of the Committee and achieve its objectives.
  • Cooperating, coordinating and organizing work with international donors, following up and benefiting from the support they provide with regard to electoral affairs.
  • Coordinating participation in committees and conferences related to the development of the electoral administration with the authorities, bodies and institutions in the country.
  • Develop the aspect of scientific research and academic initiatives and contribute to local and international studies, conferences and workshops regarding the development of local elections.
  • Propose and study the legislative frameworks related to local elections affairs, and propose their development.
  • Preparing procedures manuals and electoral cards necessary for the implementation of electoral systems.
  • Work on the establishment of a scientific journal for the affairs of local elections management and work on its organization, follow-up and supervision.
  • Issuing decisions related to administrative and financial affairs necessary for the conduct of the committee's work in accordance with the provisions of the legislation in force.
  • The Chairman of the Committee or whomever he delegates shall issue decisions related to personnel affairs in the Committee, assign office managers, relieve them of their duties, form technical committees, and sign the necessary contracts.
  • Assigning the committee's rapporteur.
  • Nominate the official spokesman for the Committee from among its members.
  • Any tasks that may be assigned to Committee within its competences.

The committee has organizational divisions that enable it to perform its duties as follows:

  • Committee Affairs Office.
  • Follow-up office.
  • The Office of Internal Audit.
  • Subcommittees office.
  • Electoral Security Office.
  • Legal Affairs Office.
  • Administrative and Financial Affairs Office.
  • Media and Community Outreach Office.
  • Information Technology and Documentation Office.
  • Electoral Operations Office.
  • Office of Training and Institutional Development.
  • Observers Affairs Office.