The Charter on Electoral Ethics: A CEMI initiative
08-01-2018

Seven Tunisian political parties officially signed a charter on electoral ethics, committing to promote a climate of mutual respect in the run-up to Tunisia’s municipal elections on 6 May 2017.

The initiative was launched by NIMD’s implementing partner the Centre des Etudes Méditerranéennes et Internationales (CEMI), acting through our dialogue platform in the country.

By signing this pact, the signatories commit to respecting ethical values in the field of politics. The charter is based around four main actions:

  • To speed up the review of the law on opinion surveys.
  • To revise the Associations Act and strengthen oversight over the management of associations.
  • To ensure that the electoral body is kept away from political infighting.
  • To oversee political party finance mechanisms and electoral lists.

In addition, the charter highlights the need for human, material and financial resources to be provided to the Court of Auditors and the Administrative Court.

The charter also calls on High Independent Authority of the Audiovisual Commission (HAICA) to put in place strict measures against radio and television scheduling which does not respect the laws in place during electoral campaigns.

The signatories also urge HAICA to ensure equality of opportunity for all candidates and neutrality in media coverage.

In general, the pact aims to reinstate the public’s trust in impartial and transparent elections.