17 May 2016

Tunisia: Isie Presents Roadmap for Municipal Elections

Tunis — The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), on Tuesday, presented to political parties' representatives a roadmap for the organisation of municipal elections.

Prime Minister Habib Essid, Minister of Local Affairs Youssef Chahed and Minister in charge of Relations with Constitutional Authorities, the Civil Society and Human Rights Kamel Jendoubi attended the meeting.

ISIE President Chafik Sarsar called for consensus around the roadmap proposed by the commission before its publication in the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia.

The document provides initially for the promulgation of government decrees on the generalisation of the municipal system before May 30 and before the discussion in parliament of the electoral law scheduled for May 31.

ISIE mentions in the roadmap the steps to be taken before the elections, including voter registration that should extend over 73 days (from August 22 to November 2, 2016), opposition, publication of lists of candidates...

The election campaign is proposed for March 4, 2017. It will run for 21 days. Preliminary results of the elections will be announced three days after the counting process and the final results will be announced on May 7, 2017, at the end of the appeal procedures.

The Prime Minister said the date of March 26, 2017 to hold the municipal elections was chosen after a series of consultation meetings with ISIE.

The Minister of Local Affairs reminded that the number of municipalities will rise from 286to 350 across the national territory, in accordance with provisions of the Constitution.

He noted that more than 3.5 million Tunisians have been left out of the municipal system to date.

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