Thursday, June 9, 2011

Elections in Tunisia are delayed from July to October

The constituent elections in Tunisia will be held on October 23, as announced by the Prime Minister of the Transitional Government, Beji Caid Esebsi. The elections, the first after the fall of the regime of former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, were provided in principle 24 July, but the Electoral Commission had shown favor of postponing until the fall.

The new date was agreed at a meeting held on Wednesday the members of the Executive with the leaders of all political forces and members of the Electoral Commission. On 22 May, the commission, composed of independent persons of standing, suggested postponing the election date until 16 October, saying there was insufficient time to prepare the electoral roll or the preparation of political forces, many of them start-ups.

Despite this, the Government decided days after the call to keep in July, but the Commission subsequently returned to advocate for their postponement. The committee chairman, Kamel Yendubi-a human rights activist in exile in France during the regime of Ben Ali, not exclude, however, last week that could reach a compromise.

In recent weeks there have been many negotiations between the political forces and the Government to reach consensual agreement on the election date. The moderate Islamist movement defended Enhada maintenance until the date of July 24, saying that postponing the election would prolong instability in the country since the escape of Ben Ali on 14 January.

Other radical left-wing parties called for the postponement until the fall so that the political forces could have more time to present to the citizens and to prepare its infrastructure throughout the country.

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