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Municipal elections: political parties consider eligibility conditions difficult

Representatives of political parties and civil society said on Tuesday that eligibility conditions for municipal elections scheduled for May 6, 2018 are difficult.

This may have an effect on the electoral process, they warned, calling on the Independent Higher Elections Authority (French: ISIE) to review these conditions and lighten the procedures.

Participants in this morning’s ISIE meeting on the theme: “eligibility conditions for municipal elections” mentioned certain points which, in their view, remain “unclear” and may impact on the modalities of submission of nominations and drop candidate lists.

Among the issues raised, the question of authentication of signatures of the candidates.

Some describe this procedure as an impediment to the electoral process, given the very nature of this administrative process, which is likely to waste time for both candidates and citizens.

Several party representatives also questioned the possibility of re-opening the voter registration and nomination period for at least one week to allow for greater voter turnout.

Following the presentation of the Application Guidebook for Municipal Elections, participants wondered how to distinguish party lists from independent lists as long as they can include representatives of political parties.

Participants consider it difficult to form electoral lists, in accordance with the provisions of the electoral law, which requires the presence of three candidates under the age of 35 and abiding with the principle of gender parity.

The communication and information strategy of the ISIE was also criticized by the participants.

According to them, the electoral commission failed in its mission to raise citizens’ awareness about the importance of participating in the next municipal elections through the media.

Representatives of political parties have also denounced some opinion poll organisations which they accuse of manipulation of public opinion.

They called hastening the promulgation of a law prohibiting these practices that may disrupt the electoral climate.

Source: TAP News Agency

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