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Election laws need to be reviewed

Published on : Sunday, 14 May 2017 15:58   Read : 13 time(s)
Election laws need to be reviewed

ALGIERS- Chairman of the High Independent Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE) Abdelouahab Derbal on Sunday has emphasized the need for further reform of the electoral system.

"The modest experience of the HIISE on the ground has showed that laws governing the election process need further reform, revision and update in their different aspects," said Derbal during the HIISE meeting for the adoption of the final report on the legislative elections of 4 May 2017.

In this regard, he underlined particularly the organic laws and regulatory decrees, and stressed the need to "define some prerogatives of local administrative executives so that each party assumes its responsibilities without violations of the law and to allow the HIISE fulfil its mission."

The HIISE's prerogatives should be expanded, he recommended, stressing the need for legal mechanisms that define its monitoring action in order to ensure fair election.

"On the voting day, many heads of polling centres and stations and other parties in charge of the event's organization behaved in such a way that could affect the credibility of the voting operation," said Derbal.

He added that HIISE received 570 complaints on the polling day, but only 38 of them have been referred to the public prosecutor.

Derbal said that the next elections require more efforts and better coordination between HIISE members.

The meeting, which has continued behind closed doors, would culminate in the adoption of the final report that will be submitted to the President of the Republic.

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Election laws need to be reviewed

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