Jasmine Foundation Briefing: Tunisian new elections law 2014
Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly passed, on 1st May, a new Electoral Law, marking a key step towards completing its democratic transition. The new Fundamental Law on Elections and Referenda, adopted by 132 deputies with 11 against and 9 abstentions, sets out the process for organising elections and referenda, from registration of voters to declaration of results and contestation mechanisms.
It comes as a result of two months of discussions within the Assembly and intense debate in the Consensus Committee (set up last June as a forum for political parties to debate the most contentious points within the Constitution and the democratic transition). The law is based on draft proposals by a group of civil society organisations, including Chahed Observatory, ATIDE, Youth without Borders, the Foundation for the Future and the Centre for Citizenship.