Representatives of constitutional bodies report a move to marginalise these bodies | Tunisia News Gazette

Representatives of constitutional bodies report a move to marginalise these bodies

Representatives of constitutional bodies, on Wednesday, pointed to a move to marginalise these bodies by removing their powers.

Speaking during a conference at the headquarters of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) on the theme of “Constitutional bodies: Reality and perspectives”, participants talked about a “shift from the idea of setting up these bodies.

This does not concern a single body such as the fight against corruption or HAICA but all institutions, they warned.

President of the SNJT Neji Bghouri said the organisation of the conference comes after the government submitted the draft law on broadcasting communication to parliament Tuesday.

That bill must be withdrawn, according to him.

Referring to the “crises” faced by these bodies, such as the ISIE and the Truth and Dignity Commission, Bghouri considered that the ruling parties tend not to accept the role of independent and constitutional bodies that are supposed to contribute to the management of public life.

The president of SNJT expressed the fear to see these bodies emptied of their powers within the framework of the revision of the related laws, considering that the process of transition in the country requires the establishment of independent bodies.

Hichem Snoussi, member of the Independent High Broadcasting Authority (HAICA) noted a move to empty the authority of any meaning as provided for in the Constitution.

This process was initiated by former Minister of Relations with Constitutional Institutions, Kamel Jendoubi and continues with the current minister, Mehdi Ben Gharbia.

The HAICA opposes two points in the bill submitted by the government to parliament, he added.

They are the composition of the authority and the issue of free candidatures.

Mehdi Ben Jemaa, representing the Anti-Corruption Commission (INLUCC) said that accelerating the imposition of laws on transparency of public life and freedoms is somewhat “suspicious”.

The framework decree on the organisation of the National Anti-Corruption Authority gives its much larger powers than those provided for by the organic law of July 2017.

Rafik Ben Abdallah, representative of the National Authority of Access to Information said the entry into service of some authorities will help to identify the gaps, calling on civil society to exert pressure in case of backlash against the general principles relating to the role of constitutional bodies and the establishment of rule of law institutions.

Jamel Mssalem, president of the Tunisian League for Human Rights urged the civil society to fulfill its role as a force of proposal to oppose laws threatening the independence of constitutional bodies, the electoral process and the rule of law and institutions.

Source: TAP News Agency

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