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The National Electoral Office

The daily operations of the CEC are carried out by the National Electoral Office.  The National Electoral Office is the administrative and executive body of the Central Elections Commission and is headed by the Chief Electoral Officer who is appointed by the CEC and reports directly to it.


The NEO prepares plans, procedures and bylaws; and presents them before the commissioners for ratification. Responsibilities of the National Electoral Office include:

  • Developing strategies for each phase of the election processes and action plans for their execution.
  • Recruiting and training electoral employees.
  • Preparing the preliminary and final Voters List.
  • Coordinating with all organizations concerned with the electoral process. 
  • Accrediting electoral lists, their candidates, independent candidates and their agents.
  • Raising voters’ awareness of the importance of elections and how to participate in them.
  • Archiving all documents and files relating to the elections
  • Acting as a communications link between the Central Elections Commission and other bodies concerned with the elections, such as political parties, media, observers and candidates.
  • Accrediting local and international observation bodies and media representatives.

Chief Electoral Officer




The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) is appointed by the commissioners to oversee the administrative and executive bodies of the CEC. This position is currently occupied by Mr. Ashraf Al-Shuaibi.

Al-Shuaibi is considered one of the contributors to the establishment of the executive management of the Central Elections Commission since its establishment in 2002, where he held several senior positions over a period of 22 years, most recently as Deputy CEO. Al-Shuaibi holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Northeastern Illinois University in the United States.

Al-Shuaibi participated in organizing and monitoring elections in many countries of the world, and has more than thirty years of experience in holding local and international positions with the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development, and also managed programs funded by the European Union and the World Bank.












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