the electoral body under fire from critics

After the constitutional referendum on 25 July, which led to a victory for the Yes side with 94% of the vote in favor of President Kaïs Saïed’s new constitution with a turnout of 30.5%, stakeholders in the referendum campaign had one month to register. appeals before the publication of the final results. Among the three appeals filed by opposition parties and civil society, two have already been rejected and criticism of ISIE, the independent high authority for elections, continues.

as reported from Tunis, Lilia Blaise

Since the victory of “yes” to the draft constitution for the President of the Republic, the electoral body in charge of organizing the referendum has been the subject of numerous accusations of fraud by opposition parties.

Legally, only those associations or political parties that have signed up to campaign in favor of “yes” or “no” can appeal. Two of these appeals were rejected this week by the administrative court, the third, that of the Afek Tounes party, which had campaigned for the no vote, was due to be heard on Monday. But for ISIE, it is a matter of restoring its image.

Since the publication of the referendum, the body has been subject to controversy and attacks, especially from parties that dispute the legality and legitimacy of the referendum process in extraordinary times. Many had also called for his boycott and demanded that ISIE stop preparing for the vote.

At the end of the referendum, an error in the publication of certain regional results had caused a scandal, I Watch, one of the organizations that had appealed against ISIE, had condemned an incorrect counting of the votes. Today ISIE is threatening to sue any person or party who accuses it of rigging the referendum result for defamation.

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