Omar Hilale at UN SG: Sahara’s Morocco reaffirmed with force during September 8 elections


“I have the honor to inform you that September 8, 2021 was a historic day for Morocco, marking the first general elections – legislative, municipal and regional – across the national territory, including Moroccan Sahara”, underscoring Ambassador Hilale, saying that “the participation rate at the national level reached 50.35%. This is a record rate compared to the election deadline. The previous ones, despite the constraints imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic”. .

With regard to the conduct of these elections in the southern provinces of the state, Omar Hilale stated that “in the Moroccan Sahara, the participation rate reached 66.94% in the region of Layoune-Sakia el Hamra and 58.30% in the region of Dakhla-Oed”. Ed Dahab”.

And to add that “at the provincial level, participation rates in the Moroccan Sahara are even more remarkable. In the region of Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab: the rate was 79.64% in Oued Province and 54.40% in Oued Province. Ed Dahab and In the region of Layoune-Sakia el Hamra: these rates were recorded at 85.20% in Tarfaya Province, 67.37% in Es-Smara Province, 68.65% in Laoune Province and 64.10% in Boujdour Province.

In this context, Ambassador Hillale argued that “the populations of the two regions of the Moroccan Sahara have shown great support for this triple ballot, with the highest participation rate in Morocco”, emphasizing that “the population of the Moroccan Sahara Heavy participation” in this election, through the ballot box, constitutes a new affirmation within the framework of the unwavering attachment of the citizens of the southern provinces to Morocco, as well as their unwavering right to the democratic management of their local affairs. Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Morocco”.

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The Moroccan diplomat also indicated that “these elections were monitored and overseen, with complete independence and neutrality, by 5,020 national and international observers. They are 4,891 national observers, including 568 observers from the National Human Rights Council.” MAN (CNDH), as well as 129 international observers, notably representing several countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Arab world, international and regional organizations, national and international parliaments and non-governmental organizations and civil society.

“These national and international observers have confirmed the conduct of these elections in a democratic, transparent and inclusive manner in accordance with the procedures governing the electoral process as well as the highest international standards,” the Moroccan ambassador said.

“These observers declared that these elections were held under normal circumstances, noting that no incidents affecting the transparency of ballot papers were noted at the level of all regions of the state”, they concluded. .

Morocco’s letter to the Security Council will be published as the official document of this Council and will be recorded in the history of the United Nations.

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