ISIE sends correspondence to HPR on filling of vacancies (Anouar Belhassen) | Tunisia News Gazette

ISIE sends correspondence to HPR on filling of vacancies (Anouar Belhassen)

The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), on Monday, sent a correspondence to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) to ask for clarification on the date of filling vacancies within ISIE,” said Anouar Belhassen, interim president of the electoral commission.

“Although the ISIE does not interfere in the work of the political authorities, particularly the Presidency of the Republic and the Parliament, the latter commits to respecting the fixed timetable,” he added in a statement to HPR.

Belhassen added that any changes could have financial repercussions on the process of applications for municipal elections of up to one million dinars.

The interim president of ISIE warned against the consequences that could result from any delay in the organisation of the municipal polls scheduled for December 17, 2017.

“Postponing the municipal elections indefinitely may harm the high interest of the country as well as the interests of citizens, he said.

Belhassen also pointed out that the non-promulgation of the presidential decree on municipal elections by September 18 will undoubtedly have a negative impact on ISIE’s calendar.

He added that electoral commission had met last Friday with representatives of the eight political parties that had called for the postponement of the municipal polls.

Article 101 of Organic Law No. 2014-16 of 26 May 2014 on elections and referendums stipulates that voters shall be summoned by presidential decree within a minimum period of three months before polling day for the parliamentary, regional, municipal and presidential elections, and within a minimum period of two months for referenda.

Eight parties had pointed in a joint statement to “the impossibility of holding municipal elections next December” given that “legal, logistical and technical conditions have not yet been met.

These include: Al-Massar, Al-Joumhouri, Tunisia First, Afek Tounes, Al-Badil, Machrou Tounes, the Patriotic and Democratic Labor Party and the Al-Watan Al-Muwwahad Party.

Source: TAP News Agency

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