Bahraini rights and transparency watchdogs to monitor elections

August 18, 2010

Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) and Bahrain Transparency Society (BTS) are approaching the authorities to be allowed to monitor the parliamentary and municipal elections to be held on October 23.

“We have set up a joint committee that will be in charge of monitoring the polls as we did in 2002 and 2006,” Abdul Nabi Al Ekri, the head of BTS, said. “We will approach the election higher commission to get the official approval. We have been ready and we have the plans to train both volunteers and the representatives of the candidates,” he said.

Training volunteers and observers and monitoring the electoral process costs around BD30,000, but the social development ministry has no plans to provide the funding, Al Ekri said.

On Wednesday, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa, the justice and Islamic affairs minister and head of the parliamentary elections commission, said that they welcomed the presence of monitors from civil society in the polling stations.

Bahraini voters will elect 40 lawmakers and 40 municipal councilors.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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