The Election Law Preparation Committee (6+6) has submitted the election laws to the House of Representatives (HoR), according to HoR committee member Miloud Al-Aswad. The laws have been redrafted with consideration for most of the comments received from the High National Election Commission (HNEC)
In a statement, Al-Aswad claimed that technical remarks discussed with the UN mission were taken into account. The committee has studied remarks received from the HoR, the High State Council (HCS), and all different parties, and all remarks that represent a contribution were taken into account.
Al-Aswad indicated that it is now incumbent on the HoR to issue electoral laws without modifying them and refer them to the HNEC. He also expressed regret that the 6+6 joint committee did not send any official copy to the HNEC.
Emad Al-Sayeh, head of the HNEC, appealed to the committee to communicate with the commission for the purpose of providing technical advice. He pointed out that referring to the Civil and Commercial Pleadings Law and the Civil and Military Penalties Law leaves room for appeals even after the electoral process.
Al-Sayeh confirmed that it is impossible to conduct three electoral operations (presidential, deputies, senators) in the second round simultaneously and on one polling day, for several technical and application considerations. He pointed out that there are many proposals that can be adopted in order to achieve simultaneity between the three electoral operations.
Regarding remarks on the presidential election law, Al-Sayeh indicated that the commission will ask the candidate to disclose whether he holds citizenship of another country. If he admits it, he will be excluded. If he hides it and it turns out later, it is considered an electoral crime according to the law for providing false information. Al-Sayeh also noted that canceling any polling center result is within the commission’s jurisdiction.
Regarding Senate Council law, Al-Sayeh pointed out an error in seat distribution between lists and individuals according to the seat distribution table. Lists are 154 instead of 155, individuals are 143 instead of 142.