12 June 2014

Tunisia: Possible Scenarios for Upcoming Elections After Failure of National Dialogue Discussed

Bardo — The possible scenarios for the upcoming elections after the failure of the National Dialogue were discussed at a meeting held on Thursday between President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar and President of the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar.

In a statement to TAP, Sarsar said he had reviewed with the President of the NCA, possible alternatives in light of the persistence of the disagreement over the organisation of presidential and legislative elections concurrently or separately.

Each delay further increases pressure and dangers which impact the electoral process, he added.

ISIE has no opinion on the separation or concurrency of the elections, he argued, stressing the commitment to strictly enforce the electoral law regarding the preparation for the elections.

Sarsar, who reminded that voter registration will begin June 23, noted that technical tests will be conducted this week to verify the capacity of the voter database.

He added that the ISIE has ended the recruitment of staff for its sectoral sections, the training of its trainees and the development of a guide for registration.

According to Sarsar, the big challenge is to be able to organise the elections before the end of 2014.

He added that disagreements over the elections, and the risk to refer this issue to the NCA is time-wasting in the election preparation phase.

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