Isie does not control the electoral process, it appropriates it

The electoral body went into open war against the Independent High Authority for Audio-Visual Communications (Haica) over the control of media coverage of the December 17 parliamentary elections. This is only the latest episode of a long series in which the electoral body has made enormous efforts to fully control the electoral process.

One of the first episodes of this soap opera was to isolate and broadcast dissenting voices like Sami Ben Slama’s. We may not agree with his remarks or his manner of expressing them, but there is no justification for this body to subject him to such treatment. Having been prevented from accessing the premises and deprived of a company car, today he is even in front of the criminal brigade in El Gorjani to answer serious charges. The members of the body’s council seem to forget that Sami Ben Slama was appointed by the President of the Republic in the same capacity as them, and therefore he can only be removed or dismissed by a decision of the same President of the Republic. The members of the Isie Council don’t seem to care about this kind of detail.

The same Isie then worked hard to make the referendum a success, trumpeting everywhere that it was an unprecedented democratic success, which is not the case at all, with support numbers. The members of the Isie council ensured that the “yes” vote was favored, as when they had suggested that the boycott notices of the opponents should not be broadcast. A proposal that has already been rejected by Haica. On the other hand, the electoral authority found nothing to complain about when the head of state, Kaïs Saïed, cheerfully broke the electoral silence on the morning of the referendum by giving a straightforward speech. In addition, the criticism of the mistakes made by the authority during the publication of the results had particularly irritated its leaders, who threatened to resort to justice at any cost. The members of this body have never apologized for their mistakes. On the other hand, they went on to dismiss the chief of staff of Isie, Amor Bousetta, making him the scapegoat for this mess.

Today, Tunisia is on the threshold of early legislative elections scheduled for December 17. ISIE appropriated the powers of Haica by opposing that it is the body responsible for the management of the election. ISIE happily tramples the powers of another body to block the electoral process and usurp it. Nothing should be exceeded and nothing should be done without permission from Isie or without the possibility of imposing penalties afterwards. The authority wants to expand its area of ​​competence, while it is not even able to get the legal texts and decisions published in time in Jort. The vice-president of the body, Maher Jedidi, contented himself with inviting Haica to lodge a complaint with the Administrative Court if it is not satisfied. He doesn’t seem the least bit disturbed by the fact that two bodies fighting in court just a stone’s throw from the general election is a very bad image for this “new republic”. But it must also be said that their boss, namely the President of the Republic, has given his consent to this masquerade. The same Maher Jedidi declared on November 18 that ” that The president doesn’t live on another planet, he knows what’s going on, and when we told him about it, he simply asked us to apply the law. Isie takes all the rights to these choices and if there is a dispute, the administrative court is there to decide “.

In effect, the electoral body acts as the President of the Republic. She wants to decide, organize, control or impose sanctions on her own. She wants to have full powers to block the election process without having all the skills herself. By doing this, this body loses what little credibility and legitimacy it has left. We can already see the statements that will be made after the election on December 17, regardless of the results. It will of course be a great success and a great democratic expression for the Tunisian people, made possible by the exceptional work of the electoral body. Anyone who claims otherwise will eventually stand before a crime brigade or an investigating judge to explain his position.

We are a long way from the political and electoral upheaval that has surrounded every deadline since the revolution. This Isie failed to establish a climate conducive to elections, to raise awareness of their importance and to popularize the system decided by the President of the Republic. We are facing parliamentary elections that interest no one and whose candidates are famous unknowns. Part of the Tunisian people will not be able to vote because there is no candidate or there is only one in their constituency. As declared by the president of the first Isie, Kamel Jendoubi, authority is disfigured, but nothing is expensive enough for the beautiful eyes of the “new republic” that President Kaïs Saïed wanted.

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