The Council of Ministers approved on Monday two bills, the first one on amendments to the electoral law and the second on the creation of a supreme electoral body and referred them to parliament for free-wheeling debate and endorsement.
The Office of the National People’s Assembly received the text of the preliminary drafts and forwarded them to the Legal Commission for consideration before opening the public debate on the relevant pieces of legislation.
The office of the National People’s Assembly held for that matter a broad-based meeting chaired by Mr. Slimane Chenine, Speaker of the National People’s Assembly, on Monday 09 September 2019.
The office said: “The agenda of the meeting included the referral of two draft organic laws to the legislative Commission on Legal, Administrative and Freedoms, one of which amends and completes organic law No. 16-10 of 22 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1437 corresponding to August 25, 2016, on the electoral system, and the other one on the projected Independent National Electoral Authority.”
The decision came one day after the mediation and dialogue commission announced the handover of the two projects to the acting head of state.
The hasty discussion of the two projects is an indication of the authorities’ clear intention to pave the way for presidential elections before the end of the year 2019.