Rcap ‘Electoral law the day after, a new decree against offenses on the networks

Rcap election law the day after, a new decree against offenses on the networks

It is already 23:00, here is the overview of the most important information that marked the day of September 16, 2022:

Spreading fake news on the networks is now punishable by five years in prison

A legislative decree on combating offenses relating to information and communication systems has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This decree defines several offenses and the penalties incurred. In this context, we can quote:

Concerning rumors and fake newsshall be punished with five years of imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 dinars, whoever knowingly uses information and communication systems and networks for the purpose of producing, spreading, disseminating or sending or writing false news, false data, rumours, false or falsified documents or erroneously attributed to others with the purpose of violating the rights of others or harming public safety or national defense or spreading terror among the population.

Is liable to the same penalties as any person proceeding to the use of information systems to publish or disseminate false or falsified news or documents or information containing personal data, or the attribution of unfounded data intended to defame others, damage their reputation, harm them financially or morally, incite attacks against them or encourage hate speech. The set fines are doubled if the person in question is a public official or similar.

Electoral Act – Associations condemn the exclusion of women from the electoral process

In a joint press release, a dozen associations have condemned the exclusion of women from the electoral process with the non-introduction of parity in the new electoral law. They demanded a revision of the electoral law to ensure gender equality in all the next electoral phases.

These associations emphasized their adherence to the legal and legislative results that guarantee women’s rights, and especially those announced in the decree, which induces the vertical and horizontal parity between men and women for the candidacies for the elections.

ISIE scoffed

The President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, sent the draft electoral law to the Independent High Authority for Elections (Isie) for consultation on Thursday 15 September in the morning.

Surprise on the evening of September 15, the President of the Republic publishes the new electoral code in Jort without waiting for the statement from Isie.

Farouk Bouasker and his independent members can express the opinion they want, it will not be taken into account, just like what happened to Sadok Belaïd.

What provokes the laughter of several Tunisian internet users on social networks, who have made fun of the so-called independent authority.

Hana Ben Abda: the electoral law violates the provisions of the new constitution

Professor of Public Law Hana Ben Abda believed that the new electoral law will lead to a significant decrease in the presence of women in political life in general and in the next parliament.

She explained that the single vote will no longer guarantee the principle of equality between men and women. She confirmed that the electoral law was in violation of Article 51 of the new constitution, which obliges the state to work for the application of the principle of parity in the elected councils.

The crime of being binational in Tunisia

The segregation of minority Tunisians continues under Kaïs Saïed’s regime. There are already non-Muslim Tunisians who are banned from running for the presidency of the republic. This discriminatory law dates back to the Bourguiba era and has never been amended. Worse, it was hardened since it was extended under the Troika in 2011, and now it affects dual nationals. The latter must, in the event of victory in the presidential election, compulsorily give up their second nationality.

With Kaïs Saïed and the new Electoral Law, a new level has been crossed, as Article 19 of this Code prohibits dual nationals from running for parliamentary elections in constituencies in Tunisia.

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