Sabahi (Washington, DC)

18 February 2013

Djibouti: European Union Election Observers Visit Djiboutian Human Rights Commission

Photo: D. Hakes/Carter Center Photos
A man has his finger dipped in indelible ink after voting (file photo).

Djibouti's National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) discussed preparations for the February 22nd legislative elections with two European Union election observers last week, Djibouti's La Nation reported Sunday (February 17th).

CNDH President Ali Mohamed Abdou said the CNDH's goals include the protection of prisoners' rights and the promotion of human rights.

Election expert Marie-Violette César and consultant Vincent de Herdt discussed CNDH's assistance in the elections, and whether CNDH members can act as effective election observers to voting districts.

They raised concerns on the relationship between CNDH and the government, and the small number of candidates on the electoral lists. Abdou offered reassurance that political parties had raised no complaints to date. "We have good relations with everyone, both those in power and the opposition," he said.

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