The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) adopted today the bill of the Independent Higher Authority of the Election, known by its French acronym ISIE, in spite of calls by some parties to postpone the vote until tomorrow.
More than 160 were present at today’s vote with four NCA members voting against the bill and just over 40 refusing to cast their ballot, said Souad Abderrahim, a NCA member affiliated with the Ennahdha party.
The ISIE bill effectively establishes an election management body to oversee the forthcoming Tunisian legislative and presidential elections.
Some parties, including the Democratic Bloc, called for the vote to be postponed to tomorrow. In an interview with Tunisian radio Mosaique FM, Mohamed Hamdi, president of the Democratic Bloc, cited the need for more technical preparation in the voting procedures for the ISIE bill and blamed those parties in favor of today’s vote of rushing the process.
For others, today’s adoption of ISIE sent the right message to Tunisians. “It is high time now to reassure the people about the election,” said Abderrahim.