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Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
4 January 2005
Palestinian Presidential Elections:
The OIC Dispatches an Observer Mission
Within the context of the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s contribution to strengthening Palestinian democratic institutions and enabling the presidential elections in Palestine to succeed, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has decided to dispatch a delegation of OIC observers to monitor the progress of the presidential elections to be held next Sunday, 9 January 2005.
The OIC mission will be leaving Jeddah for the West Bank on Wednesday to help monitor the elections. The mission—headed by Ambassador Saad Eddin Taib, Advisor to H.E. the Secretary-General—will be comprised of seven observers who will be posted across the polling stations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Secretary-General is also dispatching Ambassador Abdulaziz Abu Ghush, the Director of Coordination with Palestine, as his special envoy on this occasion.
It is expected that the OIC delegation will be preparing a report on its observations on the progress of the election process, which it will be submitting to the Palestinian Authority as well as the member states and concerned international organizations.