Civil society deems unnecessary to extend voter registration for municipal polls | Tunisia News Gazette

Civil society deems unnecessary to extend voter registration for municipal polls

At their meeting with representatives of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) on Thursday, several components of civil society considered unnecessary to extend the voter registration deadlines for the municipal elections that are due to end on Thursday.

“The general situation in Tunisia does not offer much hope for the registration of more voters, the number of whom is 507,415”, he said.

Executive chairman of the CHAHED observatory for the observation of elections and support for democratic transitions, Naceur Harrab said the voter registration rate was below expectations, but that was expected because of the shortcomings that accompanied the operation, including the ineffectiveness of the awareness campaign and the lack of a targeting study.

However, he considered that 53 days were already sufficient for the registration operation, emphasising, in this connection, the need to respect the established electoral timetable.

For the Vice-President of the Tunisian Association for the Integrity and Democracy of the Elections (ATIDE), extending the registration deadlines may jeopardize the electoral process, particularly the electoral timetable.

“The municipal elections set for December 17, 2017 will be held on time and there is no intention to reconsider the date of these polls, Vice-President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) Anouar Belhassen emphasised.

“The postponement of the municipal elections is not feasible and the election panel is committed to the timetable it has established,” he added.

“Until midnight on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the electoral register lists some 5.813 million voters for the municipal elections, Belhassen said Thursday.

“Some 84410 voters have updated their electoral data and 507,415 new voters have registered,” he added at a meeting with political actors in Tunis.

Source: TAP News Agency

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