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The Carter Center Commends Milestone in Establishing Tunisian Election Commission

Contact: In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 404 420-5124; In Tunis, Marion Volkmann+216 50 666 649

The Carter Center congratulates the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly and incoming election commissioners on their election to the new Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections (ISIE). The Center welcomes the establishment of the permanent election management body, a major milestone toward credible national elections following the adoption of the constitution.

On Jan 8, 2014, after a long and complex process, the National Constituent Assembly plenary elected the nine members of the ISIE by secret ballot and a two-thirds majority of the assembly members.[1] Votes were held for each of the nine categories as stipulated in the ISIE law, leading to the election of the nine ISIE members with a large majority of votes in a first round[2]. The results highlight the wide consensus within the assembly on the new ISIE members.

The following day, the National Constituent Assembly elected the ISIE president. The Carter Center congratulates Chafik Sarsar, a renowned law professor, on his election with an absolute majority of assembly members' vote. The new election commissioners bring substantial professional experience and qualifications to their positions. Three commissioners served in the former election commission[3], providing continuity and institutional knowledge of the 2011 polls.

The Carter Center calls on all stakeholders to allot the appropriate time and resources to the ISIE members to ensure that the new institution can establish its internal structures and appropriate procedures, so as to carry out its mandate fully.

Following its observation of the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections, The Carter Center is monitoring the constitution-making process and developments related to the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for subsequent elections. The Center assesses these processes against Tunisia's national laws and international treaty obligations.


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[1] "The Carter Center Calls on Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly and Political Actors to Advance Electoral Preparations". The Carter Center Statement (PDF) on Dec. 23, 2013

[2] Judicial magistrate: Lamia Zargouni (178 votes), Lawyer: Kamel Toujani (175 votes), University professor: Mohamed Chafik Sarsar (174 votes), Public finance specialist: Anouar Ben Hassan (149 votes), Member representing Tunisians abroad: Faouzia Idrissi (163 votes), Administrative magistrate: Mourad Ben Mouelli(189 votes), Bailiff: Nabil Baffoun (187 votes), Engineer specialized in IT systems and security: Riadh Bouhouchi (176 votes), Communication specialist: Khamayel Fennich (173 votes).

[3 ]Mourad Ben Mouelli, Nabil Baffoun and Anouar Ben Hassan.


Le Centre Carter salue la mise en place de la commission électorale tunisienne

مركز كارتر يرحب بانتخاب أعضاء الهيئة العليا المستقلة للانتخابات

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