29 April 2014

Tunisia: NCA Passes Several Articles of Electoral Law

Bardo — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) meeting, on Monday, at a plenary session, passed article 69 of the draft electoral law at a majority of 144 votes against two abstentions.

Article 69, previously rejected, provides for the recruitment of staffers by the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) on the basis of neutrality, independence and competence.

Previously rejected, article 123 related to the ballot paper, was approved in a modified version by 148 votes with 6 abstentions and 4 against.

Articles 70, 96, 147, 148, 164, 165, 166, 168, 169 and 170 were then passed, article 128 regarding the escort of illiterate electors was dropped and articles 93 and 95 were merged.

It was agreed also to add new articles after 3, 36 and 70, and two others in the chapter of final and transitional provisions.

The session decided to postpone examination of articles 94 and 167.

Deputy Habib Khedher asserted to TAP news agency that the electoral law will be passed in its totality, Wednesday, at the latest.

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