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Rules of Procedure of the NCEL 

 

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 commission

 

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.

 

 

THE SUB-COMMISSIONS

 

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 Commission’s activities.

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 above.

 

 

The amendment of the rules of procedure

 

Article 14: 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 President.


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