Sultani Demands Independent Committee Supervise Algerian Municipal Elections
Saturday, November 17,2007 11:18
By Saeed Abbadi
Abu Jarra Sultani, the leader of the Algerian Movement for the Society of Peace (MSP), criticized the latest amendments introduced into the election laws, specially articles 82 and 109. he saw that the amendments practically dropped the independent election committee in form and content.
Sultani pointed out that forming such a committee is necessary because it facilitates the contact between the election management and parties. He added that many parties demanded reconsidering the representation in the independent committee that was receiving complaints of some political parties which may get harmed by the supervision or which are deprived of representatives in several election centers due to the lot that imposes choosing only five observers.
Sultani said in a statement to Ikhwanweb that his insistence on the presence of a monitoring committee does not mean that he distrusts the neutrality of the administration as an institution, " but we distrusted the administration aides", citing leaving names off the MSP"s slates in a way described as an administrative terrorism, repeated rigging and flagrant violation, according to Numan Laur, the chairman of MSP"s national election committee.
MSP leader, who is currently chairman of rotating presidential coalition, said that the three parties comprising this coalition formed a document containing their suggestions around amending the municipalities law, through which they tried to fill several loopholes in the issue of quota, age, authorities and budget, and they submitted these suggestions to the government which is lagging in discussing this bill.
In a related context, the MSP chairman implicitly criticized the government"s strategy in dealing with the problem of Algerian youth, pointing out that discussing problems of the most important section of the society will be fruitless if it is discussed only among governors and government, yielding only administrative solutions. He demands that civil society organizations, parties and media outlets get involved in a serious political and social discussion around all societal issues and problems