Supporting co-operation between electoral bodies in the Arab world
Co-operation with the Organisation of Arabic Speaking Electoral Management Bodies (Arab EMBs)
The Organisation of Arabic Speaking Electoral Management Bodies is an independent, non-profit regional Organisation aiming to support co-operation between the different electoral bodies in the Arab region. The main objective of the Organisation of Arabic speaking Electoral Management Bodies is to provide a forum for sharing national and international experience and best practices in the electoral field. The organisation was established in June 2015.
Its charter provides for three forms of participation in its work: permanent membership, affiliated membership and associate membership. The organisation is made up of three main bodies: the General Assembly, the Executive Office and the Secretariat. The Venice Commission took part in the official launching of the Regional Organisation of the Arab Electoral Management Bodies, which took place in Beirut, Lebanon on 8-9 June 2015. The establishment of the Organisation and strategies for regional cooperation in the field of elections in the Arab world were discussed at the event.
Soon after, on 24 October 2015, at the 104th Plenary Session (23-24 October 2015), the Venice Commission and the Organisation of Arabic Speaking Electoral Management Bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out the terms and conditions for cooperation.
The Venice Commission has provided support as regards sharing of knowledge and awareness raising about the principle of electoral management bodies' independence. It has namely brought together international experience and comparative models from around the world.
In 2017 the Venice Commission assisted the High Electoral Commission of Tunisia to organise the Arab EMBs Second General Assembly as well as a workshop on electoral administrations' independence. This was done in co-operation with the UNDP’s Regional Electoral Support Project.