Upper House passes two bills on independent electoral authority, electoral system

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ALGIERS- Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament) on Friday unanimously adopted the two organic bills relating to the national independent body in charge of elections and the electoral system, in a plenary session chaired by Salah Goudjil, the house’s acting speaker.

 

Minister of Justice Belkacem Zeghmati made Thursday a presentation about the two organic laws before the committee on legal, administrative and human rights Affairs.

On Thursday, the two bills were adopted by the majority of MPs at the People’s National Assembly (lower house of Parliament), in a plenary session chaired by Slimane Chenine, the house’s speaker.

The organic law on the national independent body in charge of elections provides for the transfer of “all the prerogatives of public authorities, including the administrative ones, in terms of elections, to the independent electoral authority.”

The electoral independent body will have “the status of a legal entity with an administrative and financial autonomy.”

It will have to “organize and monitor the electoral process and supervise all its stages.”

Concerning, the law amending and supplementing the organic law on the electoral system, the amendments introduced are relating to the preparation and organization of the election process, with a section of the law devoted to the presidential election.

The amendments state “the obligation for the candidate to submit, by himself,” his application to stand as a presidential election candidate to the head of the national independent authority in charge of the elections, “instead of the Constitutional Council.”

The law stresses the need for presidential election candidates to be holders of a university degree or an equivalent qualification.

 

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