The IEC is working to update the Voter Records

As part of EU-JDID activities, the Component ‘Electoral Assistance’ has organised many peer exchange and study visits that have resulted in strengthening of relations of the IEC with peer institutions, electoral stakeholders, and funding agencies. With the support of the Programme, on 8 March 2018, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, to share knowledge and experience on electoral management, and electoral process from both sides. This provided the basis for cooperation between the two electoral bodies in knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer exchange, and funding from Romania for facilitating these activities and contribute to institutional capacity building. 

It is the first time for the IEC to be open on other regional/international electoral bodies, as the IEC now is investing more emphasis in becoming an actor at the regional and international level and consolidating connections with regional/international peers. This was an unforeseen outcome of the 15th International Electoral Symposium co-organised by the Programme EU-JDID. In sharing experience and knowledge, the IEC will be able to enhance their capacities and can contribute to more professional and transparent elections. 

Within the context of this partnership agreement, a delegation of Romanian Election Commission visited the IEC of Jordan from 17 July to 19 July to learn about the Jordanian experience in managing the parliamentary, municipal and governorate council elections with a discussion on potential cooperation.

During a meeting with the delegation of the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania, which included directors and specialists in the electoral processes and information technology, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the IEC, Dr. Khalid Al-Kalaldeh stated that the IEC is working to update the voter records, indicating that this contributes significantly to ensure the integrity of the electoral process. The update includes a revision of voters’ records including ones who newly fall under the legal age, as well as the voters who were previously denied voting due to legal reasons that are no longer applicable. This information is being verified in coordination with the Departments of Civil Status, Passports and other relevant parties.

During the peer exchange visit, the Romanian delegation reviewed the IEC's experience in electronic connectivity and its role in the success of the electoral process. In addition, they assisted in clarifying the objectives of the training plans conducted by the IEC for data entry and technical liaison officers as well as the mechanisms of implementation in each electoral process.