Association of World Election Bodies

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The Association of World Election Bodies, commonly referred to as ‘A-WEB,’ was established on October 14, 2013 in Song-do, South Korea. A-WEB is the first global organization of election management bodies, and the membership currently consists of 97 organizations from 94 countries. Under the slogan of ‘Democracy to Grow for All Worldwide,’ the A-WEB Secretariat provides training programs for election officials of member nations and undertakes country programs at the request of member organization, providing support during the election cycle to boost election management capacity.[1]

Creation and inauguration[edit]

The National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea first proposed the creation of a global election management body institution to the Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA) in 2010. After a series of Working Group meetings,[2] a Charter was drawn up and the name A-WEB was chosen upon the suggestion of the Election Commission of India.[3]

A-WEB was inaugurated on October 14, 2013. Over 400 participants from 140 election management bodies, international organizations and non-governmental organizations attended the ceremony in Song-do, South Korea, where the Secretariat was established. 97 organizations gained membership into A-WEB.[4]


A-WEB has three main bodies. The Executive Board serves the executive function and meets yearly to make decisions on A-WEB's general direction. It consists of up to ten member organizations and the Board must maintain a continental balance. The more members there are from a particular continent, the more members of the Executive Board should be from that continent. The Executive Board is headed by a Chairperson who leads the meetings of the board.

The remaining members make up the second body, the General Assembly. The General Assembly convenes once every two years and votes on important issues related to A-WEB and decisions made by the Executive Board. The General Assembly also elects the members of the Executive Board and confirms the induction of new member organizations.

Finally, the secretariat carries out the general administrative work of A-WEB and is based in the country where the Secretary General (elected by the Executive Board) resides. Currently the secretariat is based in Song-do, South Korea. Other member countries send secondee staff to operate the office.[5]

Training and country programs[edit]

A-WEB currently undertakes most of its training programs in the secretariat main office. These training programs are broken into two broad categories; A-WEB's own training projects and those in collaboration with other organizations such as the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KIOCA) and the Korea Civic Education Institute (KOCEI). In total, A-WEB has trained 622 election officials from 72 countries.[6]

A-WEB also undertakes large-scale country projects at the request of member organizations. The first is in Kyrgyzstan alongside the country's Central Election Commission. The program aims to introduce the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) election system into Kyrgyzstan elections scheduled on October 4, 2015.[7][8] The other country program currently underway is in Kenya alongside the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, where A-WEB is working to develop election ICT[vague] and the capacity of the organization ahead of general elections in 2017.[9]

Current members[edit]

  • The Central Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Elections and Holding Republican Referenda
  • Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome of Benin
  • Election Commission of Bhutan
  • Bolivian Electoral Supreme Court
  • BiH Central Election Commission
  • Central Election Commission of Bulgaria
  • Commission Electorale Nationale Independante of Burkina Faso
  • National Independent Electoral Commission of Burundi
  • Elections Cameroon
  • Elections Canada
  • Registraduria Nacionial del Estado Civil of Colombia
  • Supreme Electoral Court of Costa Rica
  • Commission Electorale Independante of Côte d'Ivoire
  • State Election Commission of the Republic of Croatia
  • Election Department / Ministry of Interior of Djibouti
  • Electoral Commission of Dominica
  • Junta Central Electoral of the Dominican Republic
  • Tribunal Superior Electoral of the Dominican Republic
  • Commission Electorale Nationale Independante of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • National Electoral Council of Ecuador
  • Higher Elections Commission of Egypt
  • Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador
  • National Electoral Board of Ethiopia
  • Conseil Constitutionnel of France
  • General Elections Commission of Gabon
  • Central Election Commission of Georgia
  • Electoral Commission of Ghana
  • Tribunal Supremo Electoral of Guatemala
  • Independent National Electoral Commission of Guinea
  • Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations (Guyana)
  • Haiti Permanent Electoral Council
  • Election Commission of India
  • General Elections Commission of the Republic of Indonesia
  • The Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq
  • Electoral Commission of Jamaica
  • Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya
  • National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea
  • Central Election Commission of Kosovo
  • Central Election Commission of Kyrgyz Republic
  • The Central Election Commission of Latvia
  • Ministry of Interior & Municipalities of Lebanon
  • The Libyan High National Elections Commission
  • Independent National Electoral Commission for The Transition of Madagascar
  • Malawi Electoral Commission
  • Elections Commission of Maldives
  • National Independent Election Commission of Mali
  • Territorial Administration of Republic Mali
  • Instituto Nacional Electoral of Mexico
  • Central Electoral Commission of Moldova
  • General Election Commission of Mongolia
  • Comissao Nacional de Eleicoes of Mozambique
  • Union Election Commission of Myanmar
  • Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria
  • Election Commission of Pakistan
  • Central Elections Commission of Palestine
  • Tribunal Electoral de Panama
  • Philippine Commission on Elections
  • National Electoral Commission of Poland
  • National Electoral Commission (Comissão Nacional de Eleicões) of Portugal
  • Puerto Rico State Elections Commission
  • Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania
  • Central Election Commission of Russia
  • National Electoral Commission of Rwanda
  • St Lucia Electoral commission
  • Office of the Electoral Commissioner of Samoa
  • National Electoral Commission of São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Commission Electorale Nationale Autonome of Senegal
  • The Republic Electoral Commission of Serbia
  • National Electoral Commission Sierra Leone
  • State Election Commission of Republic of Slovenia Secretariat
  • Electoral Commission of South Africa
  • National Election Commission of South Sudan
  • Department of Elections, Sri Lanka
  • Independent Electoral Council of Suriname
  • Central Election Commission of Taiwan (Republic of China)
  • Zanzibar Electoral Commission (Tanzania)
  • National Electoral Commission of Tanzania
  • The Election Commission of Thailand
  • Timor-Leste's National Electoral Commission
  • Commission Electorale Nationale Independante of Togo
  • Tonga Electoral Commission
  • Elections & Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey
  • Electoral Commission of Uganda
  • Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan
  • Electoral Office of Republic of Vanuatu
  • Consejo National Electoral of Venezuela
  • Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum of Yemen
  • Electoral Commission of Zambia


  1. ^ "A-WEB Promotional Booklet". A-WEB Website. Retrieved 4 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "World delegates launch Association of World Election Bodies Monday". Arirang News. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ "World's elections bodies launch new partnership". The Electoral Integrity Project. External link in |publisher= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ "A-WEB Charter" (PDF). The Central Election Commission of Belarus. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  6. ^ "2014 Annual Report". A-WEB Website. Retrieved 4 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "The NEC hosts Kyrgyz Republic Election Officials as part of A-WEB's Capacity Building Program". National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  8. ^ "KOICA to open Bishkek Office". KOICA English Website.
  9. ^ "A-WEB Annual Schedule". A-WEB Website.[permanent dead link]