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Ghrairi: Constituent election under exclusive control of Tunisians and in presence of observers

Published the:  02/06/2011

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June 02, 2011 -  TAP - The upcoming election of the Constituent Assembly will take place "under exclusive control of Tunisians and in the presence of Tunisian and international observers", said on Thursday, Mr. Ghazi Ghrairi, official Spokesman for the High Authority for Achievement of Revolution Objectives.
The electoral process, governed by the decree-law, will break with previous modes of organisation and will be beyond the executive branch," said Mr. Ghrairi at an international symposium on "Role of International Observers for Transparent Elections," organised by the Center for Mediterranean and International Studies (CEMI), in association with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation.
A call for application for accreditation of national and international controllers and observers was launched by the High Independent Authority for Elections which will supervise all the electoral process.
Observers will be recruited by the Authority among the proposed candidates, notably associations interested in citizenship and elections. Candidates must have the required expertise or belong to organisations that have already undergone this experience, specified Mr. Ghrairi, citing the electoral provisions stated by the decree-law.
There is no question of an "an untimely recruitment or an international clientelism," he said, adding that a large number of Tunisian and foreign candidates meeting well-defined criteria have asked to participate in the election monitoring process.
Observation, which will involve both large cities where political stakes are more important and small constituencies, will be made according to a fair distribution of observers on the entire national territory.
The six electoral constituencies abroad which will help elect the 19 representatives of one million Tunisian expatriates will have a role to play in the process of monitoring and observation.
Observation of election is in no case "interference" or violation of the sovereignty of the country, Mr. Chafik Saied Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis believes.
According to experts, Tunisians are able to conduct elections that comply with international standards, saying that the presence of international observers will testify to the success of the elections, the political climate and respect for procedures of the electoral process, in line with a pre-determined code of conduct.
The participation of the international community will also help bolster the credibility of an important stage in the process of democratic transition in which election is a key component.
This view is shared by international expert José Antonio De Gabriel who had taken part in over thirty observation missions across the world.
He said that Tunisia has the right to "require a quality observation".