Adel Tayari – TDO – (TUNISIA) At a time when the Tunisians believed that the preparations for the municipal elections (December 17, 2017) were going on in the best case that had happened, what was not expected and created concern in the Tunisian political arena after the head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Shafiq Sursar, announced on Tuesday (9 May) his resignation from the Commission, along with two other members, Judge Murad Muly, Vice President and Judge Lamia Zarkouni, a member of the Board of the Electoral Commission.Shafik Sursar said that his decision to resign was "to safeguard the electoral Commission and to abide by its oath and its members to carry out their duties with dedication, sincerity and dedication and to ensure free and fair elections and the performance of their duties with independence, impartiality and respect for the Constitution and the law."
He added that this resignation will be submitted later, in accordance with the Basic Law No. 23 of 2012 concerning the Independent High Electoral Commission, describing the decision to resign by the responsible decision, "after ascertaining that the dispute within the Council of the Commission is no longer just a dispute in the ways of work, but it touches the values and principles on which democracy was founded." In the same context, the head of the outgoing body explained that "the origin of the dispute began on 10 February 2017, the day of receipt and delivery between the outgoing members and new members of the body, noting that "the deepening of the dispute quickly led to tension in the atmosphere and to ask a number of members of the Council to terminate the functions of some of the officials of the Commission who worked with all dedication and efficiency, both in 2011 or 2014, during the previous electoral stations." And he called on the People's Assembly to "take all necessary measures to compensate the advertisers for their resignations before entering into a parliamentary holiday." He pointed out that the resignerswill continue their work in order to complete preparations for the electoral process in Tunisia after seven months (17 December 2017).
Shafik Sursar also pledged to continue work to fill the vacancy, which was reviewed by the Supreme Judicial Council as soon as possible, and called for completion of the ratification of the financial reports of the Commission for the years 2014 and 2015 before leaving this responsibility.