Decree No. 22 of 2022 amending the law of the Independent High Authority for Elections formed the focus of the work of the school day, which began its work this Sunday morning in Hammamet, and organized by the Tunisian Association for the Integrity and Democratic Elections (ATID), with the participation of association members from various regions of the republic, and a number of university professors. Specialists in law, and experts in electoral matters.
In a statement to “Watt”, by the way, the head of the (Atid) Association, Leila Al-Sharaibi, indicated that this school day will provide an opportunity for the two students to delve into this revised decree of the Independent High Authority for Elections and its additions, or the gaps or shortcomings it contains.
She indicated that the choice to go deeper into this decree is due to the association’s keenness, in terms of its field of competence, to be familiar with all developments related to the electoral issue, the electoral process and the democratic transition in Tunisia.
She stressed that addressing the decree will be within the framework of a critical and analytical reading of its content, saying that “this decree, although it includes positive points, among them in particular that the party that nominates members is not the party that chooses them, and it is among the proposals that were presented by Atid since 2012 when drafting The law regulating the Independent High Authority for Elections, which was not accepted, has a number of observations.
She continued, “The principle of revising selection and candidacy is a positive issue, but the situation in Tunisia is a special one, and it would have been better not to prejudice this law at the present time, especially since international standards stress that these institutions should not be harmed shortly before the organization of electoral benefits or a referendum.” “.
Laila Al-Sharaibi noted that “it would have been more useful for the amendments not to be limited to harming the composition of the authority, and to also include many points that enhance the role of the authority, especially by enabling it with deterrence mechanisms and sufficient powers to carry out its role to the fullest.”
She pointed out, on the other hand, that “the law regulating the work of the commission narrowed its areas of work, and caused it to suffocate, and it was still demanding to expand its authority and empower it with sufficient powers to be the real guarantee of fair and transparent elections,” considering that “the old commission was a weak body.” .
Regarding the Independent High Authority for Elections and the upcoming electoral process, Chraibi explained, “We, as an association, do not judge intentions, and we do not anticipate events. Rather, we follow up and observe the extent to which the application of the law is respected, and we present our recommendations, and we do not express arbitrary impressions.”
And she indicated that an in-depth critical reading of this decree will culminate in the formulation of a set of recommendations that will be published to the public, and that can be used as the electoral commission, which remains an important gain for Tunisia and the path of democratic transition, especially since the decree did not undermine it, “the real liberator of the integrity of the referendum process and the upcoming elections.”
The association was keen to take advantage of the presence of association members from different parts of the republic (about 130 members) on the school day, to organize the electoral plenary session to elect the new managing body of the “Ateed” association.
It is worth noting that the President of the State, Kais Saied, announced in December 2021 the organization of a referendum on July 25, 2022, on constitutional reforms, and the organization of legislative elections on December 17, 2022.
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