1. The IDC was established, as part of MINURSO, under Security Council resolution 690 of 29 April 1991, following a recommendation by the Secretary-General ( S/22464 of 19 April 1991). The Commission was to identify individuals eligible to vote in the referendum for the self-determination of Western Sahara. Once the identification process was completed, a Referendum Commission was to replace the IDC and take charge of operations related to the referendum, which was scheduled to take place in January 1992.
2. Due to differences between Morocco and POLISARIO over eligibility criteria, the IDC mandate and terms of reference could only be finalized in mid – 1993 (Secretary-General’s report S/26/95 of 28 July 1993)