The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) approved yesterday Article 5 of a draft law establishing an election oversight board.
Najib Mrad, a NCA representative affiliated with the ruling Ennahdha party, confirmed that the article passed with a majority of 130 votes in favor out of 151. For Mrad, Article 5 as well as the overall project of the Independent Higher Authority of the Election, known by its French acronym ISIE, are “crucial to the future of Tunisia.”
According to TAP, Article 5 holds that ISIE is to have a council composed of a president and 8 members with different occupational backgrounds, including a court judge, an administrative judge, two lawyers, an engineer specialized in programming and computer security, an advertising expert, an accountant, a university teacher, and a representative of Tunisians abroad.
Before the article’s ratification, TAP reported that a controversy erupted among NCA representatives.
Members of Ettakatol proposed to define the mission of ISIE’s council in Article 5 so that its tasks are not confused with those of ISIE’s executive office. Other NCA representatives proposed to add a financial judge from the auditor’s court to the council in order to avoid abuses of power by council members.
The controversy ended in compromise as the majority of the NCA representatives, present for the vote, approved the article.
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