An electoral law like Kas Saed, which makes the bed of its political opponents
By Sofiene Ben Hamida
Since the advent of the Kais Saïed era, we have moved from one surprise to another to the point where nothing can now surprise us: the more grandiose, grotesque, incongruous and inconceivable it is; the more harmonious and in accordance with our sad reality.
It is therefore not surprising that the President of the Republic decreed his new electoral law. It faithfully reflects his political vision and even his vision of the world. She also betrays her amateurism and her lack of political experience. In fact, the single-member two-round voting system enshrined in the new electoral law fits perfectly in appearance the contours of the president’s project of grassroots construction.
This electoral law also confirms what we already know: the paternalistic nature of the President of the Republic as well as the lack of consideration Kai Saied against the woman. Any allusion to any equality between men and women or any positive discrimination in favor of women has been prohibited in this electoral law. It remains for women who still wish to take an interest in public life the choice to sponsor their male candidates. As for the appointment of a woman at the head of the government, it is only for the postcard and for her capacity “the first woman in the Arab world to be appointed head of government” to swallow all the president’s snakes.
Even worse, this discrimination against women has been extended in the new electoral law to also affect dual nationals, a fringe who represent more than ten percent of the Tunisian population and whose foreign currency contributions represent a boon to the country. in this difficult economic environment. . The Presidential Elections Act now makes these dual citizens second-class citizens from the moment they finally return home, and as a result suspends their transfers from abroad. They are completely prohibited from standing for parliamentary elections and from being part of the next assembly of people’s representatives. From a human rights perspective and by international election standards, this measure is practically indefensible.
But there is worse. The President of the Republic has always affirmed that the era of political parties is over and that he will fight relentlessly against corruption and dirty money in politics. The new election law goes against these presidential beliefs. It will consecrate the dominance of the parties, the largest and best structured, to the political landscape. In fact, only a few political parties that do not exceed the finger of one hand among the more than 250 in existence are able to mobilize their structures, establish the necessary logistics and engage their electoral machinery in a long and complex process. In the end, the election will be reduced to a contest between the Islamists of Ennahdha, the detourians of the PDL and fans of Kai Saied obliged to reveal their method and organizational tools which will be like two drops of water to what already exists in political parties.
In turn, election periods become sales fairs for sponsor signatures and hidden campaign financing. By opting for the non-public financing of election campaigns and for an exorbitant number of sponsorships, the new electoral law has opened Pandora’s box. In a country that already suffers from endemic corruption, we can set the most rigid laws, the corrupt, whose presence on the political scene is far from negligible, will always find ways to circumvent these laws.
Because he is a novice in politics, and above all because he believes that he is able to do everything on his own without consulting anyone, Kai Saied showing once again that he is capable of unwittingly undermining his own goals and serving those of his opponents.