Outcome of vote of police and military will not be announced until May 6

Agence Tunis Afrique Presse
Fecha de publicación: 
11 Abr 2018

he names of voters among the police and military will not be revealed, said Najla Brahim, member of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE).

The publication of their names outside the polling stations or their participation in electoral campaigns is prohibited, she said, adding that the results of the poll will not, under any circumstances, be revealed immediately after the voting operation not to reveal its trends.

Responding to questions and comments from political parties and civil society at a panel discussion Wednesday in Tunis on the theme "Local elections in perspective", Najla Brahim said the ballot boxes of the police and military will not be open after the end of the vote on April 29.

They will be kept sealed until May 6, date of the vote of the general public.

Counting of the police and military’s votes will be carried out at the same time as the rest of the citizens in all constituencies so that the voting trends are not revealed, she added.

Reacting to fears expressed by parties and civil society about the influence of polling companies on citizens, Adel Brinsi, a member of the ISIE said that the control of polling operations was entrusted to the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) due to legislative gap.

Therefore, the publication of the results of the polls on municipal elections will be prohibited.

Brinsi said the opinion poll conducted before 7 or 8 months of the vote revealing a reluctance of citizens to participate in these elections cannot be taken into account because it is not established whether the poll concerned registered or unregistered voters.

Regarding the controversy over the renunciation of the use of indelible ink, Brinsi said that "it is still possible to provide the ink if it will help to dissipate the fears of politicians and voters and bolster their confidence in the electoral process".

The panel discussion was organised on the initiative of the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies (CEMI), in collaboration with the Institute of Political Studies of Tunis.

It was attended by members of the ISIE and ATIDE organisations, Mourakiboun and the Chahed Observatory for Election Observation and Support to Democratic Transitions.