Role of commissions to guarantee transparent elections under focus at Conference in Tunis
19/09/2019 17:53, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Participants in the national conference on the role of independent national commissions, the civil society, media and justice in ensuring the integrity and transparency of the 2019 presidential elections”, on Thursday, stressed the need to fight impunity, dirty money and violations hindering the electoral process.

The national conference was attended by representatives of independent public commissions and civil society organisations such as the Tunisian Association for Integrity and Electoral Democracy (ATIDE), “Mourakiboun” network, Chahed Observatory and the League of Tunisian Women Voters (LET).

Political money, vote buying, interaction between money and the world of business and lack of transparency were the main themes discussed during the conference.

“The legal framework organising elections does not cover all the aspects of the electoral process,” said participants, pointing to a set of shortcomings that have influenced the voters, according to them.

President of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) Chawki Tabib said “it is unacceptable to ignore the behavior shown by some representatives and mayors who attempted to influence voters during the election campaign."

Tabib also denounced “the illegal use of the State’s resources, including vehicles and public transportation.”

President of the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) Mehdi Mabrouk pinpointed "messy and directed polls that pose a threat to the electoral process," stressing the need to set a legal framework regulating polling institutions.

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