New electoral code: Isie reveals the main provisions | The Tunisian Press

• “There will be no lists of political figures who will be excluded from participation in the meeting on December 17,” said Mohamed Tlili Mansri, spokesperson for Isie
• The electoral division will create 161 electoral constituencies, including 10 for Tunisians abroad, i.e. 161 deputies for the 2022-2027 legislature
• Candidates for the Bardo Palace will present themselves in a personal capacity and will be obliged to produce the bulletin of their criminal record

Did the Independent High Authority for Elections (Isie) decide yesterday, through the voice of its official spokesperson, Mohamed Tlili Mansri, the controversy or the endless debate, on the date on which President Kaïs Saïed should publish the presidential decree summoning voters to the early legislative elections scheduled for December 17, on the basis of the new electoral code promised by the Head of State himself in a statement given to Shems FM radio on evening of July 25, 2022 at the end of the closing of the voting operation relating to the popular referendum on the Constitution of the New Republic, an operation which was crowned – according to the first estimates of Sigma-conseil – by the adoption of the draft the new Constitution at the rate of more than 92% of voters who said “yes” to the text which was submitted to them before Farouk Bouasker, president of Isie, rectified the situation a day later and corrected the figures produced by Hassen Zar gouni, the head of Sigma-conseil, and does not say that they are, in reality, 94.6% among the voters to say “yes” to the new Constitution.

Yesterday, Thursday, we were one day away from the date everyone was waiting for, that is to say Saturday, September 17, 2022, the day during which President Kaïs Saïed should reveal the content of the new electoral code and publish the decree convening voters for the early legislative elections of December 17, 2022 and perhaps also for the election of the members of the future Council of Regions and Districts.

Finally, it was Mohamed Tlili, spokesperson for Isie, who assured national and also international public opinion on maintaining the date of December 17 next for the choice of the deputies of the New Republic, thus dissipating all the rumors that have been circulating in recent days about the possibility of the postponement of these elections.

Yesterday, Mohamed Tlili Mansri revealed, in fact, that Isie received, from the Presidency of the Republic, “this presidential decree organizing the early legislative elections scheduled for December 17, 2022”.

He adds: “The Council of Isie has two days to examine the project and express an advisory opinion on it including its legal and technical proposals and submit them to the Presidency of the Republic before the end of the current week”.

But what should we retain or try to grasp from the declaration of the official spokesperson for Isie who insists on recalling, at each of his media appearances, that the Authority has an advisory opinion on everything that is undertaken in the country in matter of organizing elections of any kind (legislative, presidential, municipal or even of a corporate nature) and also for holding a referendum even on a sectoral question?

To answer this question, we can say that President Kaïs Saïed gave Isie two days (i.e. September 16 and 17, days during which the members of the Isie Council and the presidents of the regional bodies will meet in Hammamet to evaluate the results of the referendum and refine the preparations for the next legislative elections), in order to proclaim its readiness to organize the future electoral meeting.

There will not be a list of excluded

Yesterday, Tlili Mansri revealed, to public opinion, certain provisions contained in the future “presidential decree organizing the legislative elections of October 17, 2022”, or to be clearer the new electoral code on the basis of which the new members of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP) will be chosen.

“First of all, he revealsthere will be no list of excluded people who will not have the right to stand as candidates for the deputation of the Bardo Palace, which means that the rumors about the legal impediment of certain personalities to apply to be deputies are unfounded”.

Except that “Candidatures will be submitted in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the parties to which these candidates belong”.

Another revelation: “Candidates must submit in their application files the bulletin of their criminal record (the famous newsletter #3). We held, at the level of Isie, a meeting with the officials of the Ministry of the Interior in order to facilitate as much as possible the access to this document to all those who wish to stand as candidates for the next legislative elections”, specifies, again, Mr. Tlili Mansri.

On the other hand, we learn, again through the voice of the Isie spokesperson, that there will be a new electoral boundaries whose purpose “is to create 161 electoral constituencies, 150 national and 11 representing Tunisians abroad”, which amounts to saying that the next Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP) will have, after the elections on 17th December next, 161 deputies against 217 currently.

With regard to the election of members of the Council of Regions and Districts, Tlili Mansri specifies that the draft presidential decree submitted to Isie does not include any indication relating thereto.

New electoral code: Isie reveals the main provisions | The Tunisian Press