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High Independent Authority for Elections accounts for reasons behind deferral of ballot

Published the:  27/05/2011

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May 27, 2011 - TAP  - "In accordance with the decree-laws n°27 and 35 of 2011, the High Independent Authority for the Elections enjoys legitimacy, independence and neutrality which help it put into effect its prerogatives pertaining to setting the electoral schedule, and notably the date of the ballot", Authority Chairman Kamel Jendoubi stressed.
During a meeting of the Authority members with the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition, Mr. Jendoubi said that he presented the election calendar to the Caretaker President and the Interim PM and informed most of the parties of the decisions to defer the date of the elections, in order to consecrate the principle of consultation and preserve national concord.
In this connection, he explained that the Authority's decision to postpone the National Constituent Assembly's election to October 16, 2011, is based on objective and legal considerations, essentially related to the fact that the conditions, i.e. the financial, technical, human and logistic needs, are not combined for holding transparent, credible and pluralistic elections in conformity with the international standards.
Mr. Jendoubi added that the High Independent Authority for the Elections has set a calendar defining the necessary period for the different electoral stages.
In this connection, he stressed keenness to work within the framework of consultation and dialogue with the High Authority for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, and with the other political sides, and in first place, the political parties, organisations and the Interim Government.
In turn, members of the High Independent Authority for the Elections underscored the need to be in possession of a structural, technical, financial, human and administrative arsenal that guarantees optimum conditions for the different stages of the election.
They also reasserted commitment of the High Independent Authority for the Election to show impartiality and neutrality vis-à-vis all political players and potential candidates, as well as to preserve their rights and lend a listening ear to all opinions and proposals on the way of holding the ballot.
Additionally, they voiced confidence that the Tunisian citizens are aware and mature enough to understand the motives that dictated on the Authority to decide this deferral.