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Adoption of Government decree relating to high independent authority for elections

Published the:  06/04/2011

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April 6, 2011 - TAP - The Higher Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Transition to Democracy, meeting on Wednesday morning in the Chamber of Advisers in Bardo, adopted unanimously a decree-law relating to the High Independent Authority for Elections.
The decree-law, comprising 14 articles, sets the working methods of this Independent Authority for Elections which is tasked with preparing, supervising and monitoring voting, on July 24, 2011, for the National Constituent Assembly's election.
The High Authority is to oversee implementation of the National Constituent Assembly's electoral law, submit proposals on the distribution of the electoral constituencies and present them to the Higher Authority for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution, and work out a special schedule for the elections and voters' register.
The High Independent Authority for the Elections is made up of a central structure, headquartered in Tunis, and chapters across the country housed in governorate premises and diplomatic missions abroad.
Works of this session started with the unanimous election by the Authority's Council of Mr. Ghazi Ghraïri as the official spokesman for the Higher Authority for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution, and the election of Mrs. Latifa Lakhdhar as deputy-chairwoman of the Higher Authority, by 43 votes out of a total of 180, and Mr. Belgacem Abbassi as general rapporteur with 54 votes.
The secret ballot was adopted in this vote.
Chairman of the Higher Authority for the Protection of the Objectives of the Revolution, Political Reform and Democratic Transition, Mr. Yadh Ben Achour, stressed, on the occasion, the importance of these elections which pave the way for the democratic process so wished by Tunisia.
He announced that part of the Authority's meetings, next week, will be devoted to debating the "Republican Pact."
Mr. Yadh Ben Achour also underlined that democratic culture requires concord among all parties and respect of all opinions.
He stressed the need to progress in the Authority's work, to achieve the objectives expected from its creation and which are the materialisation of objectives of the Revolution, political reform and ensuring conditions for the success of democratic transition.
For their part, the Authority members, when taking the floor, praised the transparency that characterised progress of the elections.
They expressed hope to break off definitely with practices of former regime.
The official spokesman for the High Authority for Achievement of Objectives of the Revolution, Mr. Ghazi Ghrairi, told TAP News Agency that today's meeting has decided on the issues of the Authority's form.
He emphasised the need to take action to finish off issues pertaining to the ballot which is the cornerstone in the Authority's work programme.
He reviewed the atmosphere of concord that prevailed during the elections, underlining that Tunisia "is living through a historic period in the transition to democratic life that meets the expectations of the Tunisian people".

Regarding the absence of several members of the Authority's Council during the works and its consequence on the results of the elections, Mr. Ghrairi said "each person is responsible for his/her absence; and we can not assert that the presence of those members would have changed these results. The issue is, indeed, a relative one".