Announcement for International Observers to observe Local Council Elections 2017

12th November 2016, 12:00 News

Local Councils Election 2017

Announcement for International Observers

The Local Council Election is scheduled to be held on the 14th of January 2017 and the Elections Commission of Maldives opens applications for interested international associations, societies and foreign persons to observe the election process. Applications may be submitted from the 10th of November 2016, Thursday, and the deadline is 24th of November 2016, Thursday. The criteria for international observers are as follows:

  1. Should be 18 years of age
  2. Representatives of international associations and societies related to electoral activities accredited by the associations they belong to.
  3. People who are not involved in campaigning to win support for any candidate or any political party.

International observers for the Local Councils’ Election should act in accordance with section 41 of the Constitutional Act, 11/2008 (General Act on Elections) as well as to adhere to the Code of Conduct as stipulated in the Annex 11 of the Regulations for Local Councils’ Election. Accredited monitors will be duly contacted for logistics arrangements after the deadline for applications.

Application procedure for International Observers

  • Applications need to be submitted online at
  • Details on the form needs to entered as in the applicant’s passport
  • Attachments required to submit along with the application form must meet the following criteria and should not exceed 1MB in file size
    • Colour scan of passport which has atleast 6 months of validity (in pdf format)
    • A recent passport size picture which has been taken not more than three months ago. (in JPEG format, with resolution not lesser than 600dpi)
    • A signed and scanned copy of ‘Local Council Election, Observer/ Monitor Declaration’ (downloadable copy will be available on the announcement / application page), (in pdf format)
  • The applicant is also required to attach a letter of accredition from the institution he/she is representing. This letter must include the applicant’s full name, passport number and designation. The letter must be in the official letterhead of the representing institution and must bear the official stamp as well.
  • The application shall be rejected if the application is incomplete, incorrect information has been provided on the application, or attachments are missing.

Note: Applicants are requested to save the auto-generated reference number which will be displayed once the application has been submitted. This number may be used to refer to the submitted application form.