18 May 2012 12:00 am | | 0


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Tunisia’s election monitoring commission, generally known by its French acronym ISIE, hosted a ceremony celebrating the end of its mission today.

The event drew out Tunisia’s political elite, including interim President Moncef Marzouki, interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, and Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar.

Ben Jaafar praised ISIE’s contribution to the success of Tunisia’s first transparent elections last October.

“The tremendous work ISIE has done will be remembered in generations to come. They will all remember October 23rd as the day when we laid the first pillars of a new Tunisia.”

While the work of this incarnation of ISIE is finished, a new body will be formed to supervise upcoming elections and referenda. Ben Jaafar addressed a concern many have had about the independence of the new body, saying that the composition will not be based on seats held in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and will be politically neutral. As he finished his announcement, many stood up and started chanting, “Independent, independent, we want it independent.”

Marzouki stressed the important role ISIE played throughout the NCA in building Tunisia’s democracy and said that the law organizing and regulating the future work of the permanent High Independent Commission of the Elections will be discussed and approved by NCA members.

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