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ISIE Explains Reasons Behind Invalidation of Al Aridha Lists

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ISIE Explains Reasons Behind Invalidation of Al Aridha Lists

The invalidation of the Al Aridha party lists in several districts evoked both vigorous and ambivalent reactions throughout the country. While in Sidi Bouzid, the locals condemned ISIE's decision and turned to violence, many Tunisians and political parties welcomed the decision.

We invalidated the lists that were condemned based on hard evidence, reported Boubaker Ben Thabit “ Secretary General of ISIE (the Independent High Authority for the Elections)– to Al Chourouk.  Ben Thabit underlined that the verdict was based on reported infractions. He also pointed out that other lists committed the same violations but were automatically disqualified for not winning a seat in the Constituent Assembly. Ben Thabit clarified that the observations of ISIE included all partisan lists, in addition to approximately 520 independent lists.

Omar Tonkti — a member of ISIE in charge of the financial investigation — explained to Assabah that ISIE’s reports from its regional offices contained accusations of infractions concerning obtaining funds from sources not acquainted with the candidates' lists, a violation of decree number 70 of the rules related to funding political campaigns.

Further, Ben Thabit illustrated that tonight at midnight is the final deadline for accepting appeals against the results of the elections.

In regards to disqualifying the Al Aridha list in France, Ridha Torkhani, another ISIE member, clarified that the corrupt history of Al Aridha's head of list in France — who was involved in managing a RCD committee — came after the deadline for withdrawing or raising appeals against lists.  Accordingly, ISIE was not legally permitted to invalidate the list before the election period concluded.

Sources: Chourouk, Assabah

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