Rules of Procedure of the
Article 1: The members of the National Commission on Parliamentary
Electoral Law (Hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”) appointed in
accordance with Decision no 58 dated 8/8/2005 of the Council of Ministers
(Hereinafter referred to as the “Council’s decision”) and signing below, adopt-
in order to regulate their internal activities- the following provisions:
The President and his functions
Article 2: The President shall call the commissioners to ordinary and
extraordinary meetings. He prepares and executes the agenda, determines the
schedules, presides over the meetings, chairs the debates, gives the floor, asks
for the members’ comments to be included in the minutes, asks questions relevant
to the ongoing session, and announces decisions taken by the Commission in
accordance with Article 9 herein.
In case of absence of the President, the eldest member shall preside.
Article 3: The President shall represent the Commission and convene all
the representatives of political parties, movements and forces mentioned in
Clause 5 of the Council’s decision. He may delegate one member or more to carry
out specific tasks.
THE Secretary and his functions
Article 4: The Commission shall appoint, from amongst its members, a
secretary who shall prepare and keep minutes in a special record. Furthermore,
he shall send the members invitations and agendas and shall receive from them
written proposals and working papers and distribute them to the President and to
the members. He shall coordinate with the directorate-general of the presidency
of the Council of Ministers in accordance with Clause 3 of the Council’s
decision. In addition, he shall carry out any activity he might be entrusted
with by the President as stated above.
The Meetings and decisions of the
Article 5: The Commission shall hold an ordinary meeting once a week.
When necessary, it shall call for extraordinary meetings.
Article 6: The Commission shall hold its ordinary and extraordinary
meetings in the location determined to this effect at the Grand Sérail as per
Clause 3 of the Council’s decision.
The quorum is nine as regards the decisions determined in Clause 1 of Article 9
herein. As for the other decisions set forth in Clause 2 of Article 9, the
quorum shall be seven.
Article 7: Once the President announces the opening of the session, the
secretary shall read the minutes of the previous session for approval by the
President and the members who make the modifications decided by the President
himself or at the request of one of the members. He shall then sign, with the
President, the minutes after having approved them.
Article 8: The secretary shall write out, for each session, minutes
including a summary of the debate and all the decisions. Detailed minutes for
all debates taking place during the meeting may be drawn up by virtue of a
decision of the President. In addition, every member is entitled to ask his
written notes to be attached to the minutes.
Article 9: The decisions pertaining to the drafting of the new
parliamentary electoral draft law mentioned in Clause 2 of the Council’s
decision, and to the report including suggestions as mentioned in Clause 7 of
the said decision, shall be taken by consensus or by a two-third majority of the
members. In the latter case, the opposing member may ask his objection to be
inserted in the minutes and in the final report that will be submitted to the
Council of Ministers.
As for the other decisions, they shall be taken by simple majority. When there
is equality of votes, the President shall have the casting vote.
Article 10: Sub-commissions shall be appointed from among the members of
the Commission in order to facilitate the mission it is entrusted with pursuant
to the Council’s decision, namely Clauses 2, 5, 6 and 7. Such sub-commissions
shall be appointed by virtue of decisions taken in accordance with Clause 2 of
Article 9 herein.
Article 11: Each sub-commission shall draw up its report within the
deadline given to it by the Commission and shall submit it to the secretary who
shall distribute copies thereof to the President and the members.
The confidentiality of deliberations
Article 12: The President and the members shall be bound by the
confidentiality of the deliberations.
The obligation of Discretion
Article 13: During the whole term of office of the Commission, the
President and the members shall abide by the obligation of refraining from
giving any lecture or participating in any election-related conference. He/they
shall also refrain from making any statement whatsoever, especially after
meeting, for electoral purposes, with international organizations, NGOs,
political, intellectual, spiritual or social personalities, as stated in Clause
6 of the Council’s decision.
However, the President may deal with the media whenever he deems it appropriate
to inform the public opinion provided that he respects the good progress of the
Exceptionally, and as it may see, the Commission may authorize one of its
members not to abide by the obligation of discretion described in Clause 1
The amendment of the rules of procedure
The present Rules of Procedure shall be amended by a two-third majority of the
members according to a proposal submitted by one third of the members to the