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Adopted last Friday by the National Council of Transition, the legislative body of the transition by 115 votes for, 3 against and 0 abstentions after an unprecedented and unprecedented grooming. Indeed, the examination and the adoption procedure of the initial text were sanctioned by 92 amendments in addition to the deletion by the care of the CNT of 6 of the 225 articles of the project. The new law will be without firing a shot on the table of the president of the transition for promulgation

THIS project was presented by the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Political and Institutional Reforms, Mrs. Fatoumata Sékou Dicko as well as by her colleague from the Refoundation of the State in charge of relations with the institutions, Ibrahim Ikassa Maiga, the initial project will thus have undergone a grooming with the reeks of a censorship largely dubbed by the members of the legislative body, essentially at the expense of the Independent Authority for the Management of Elections in its formula desired by the government. Conceived by the latter to put an end to the tripartite system often decried by political actors, the AIGE finds itself a stillborn body since stripped of its capacity to the CNT whose president hinted, at the end of deliberation, that the time constraints make the Transition a period not conducive to experimentation. What justifies, in fact, the return to the traditional administration of its many attributions that the bill withdrew from it in favor of the AIGE, the efficiency of which is questionable. This is the main argument raised, in any case, by the Chairman of the Law Commission, in maintaining that the attribution of numerous missions to the initial AIGE was not followed by any modification of the texts by virtue of which the said missions are assigned to the administration. This is the case of laws and regulations related to civil status, the determination of the number of elected officials per municipality or the feasibility of revisions of electoral lists as well as the management of electoral material by the new single body.

According to DE, the president of the Law commission said this “We are Malians, patriots and we only listen to Mali… wherever this text was in collision, in contradiction with a text, we deemed it necessary to amend it” , he thus explained, referring to the contradictions of the government project with the charter of political parties as well as with texts such as the law of October 02, 2017 according to which the number of municipal councilors and circles is fixed by order of the minister of the Territorial Administration. At the same time, the chairman of the commission was skeptical about the feasibility of deploying the AIGE throughout the national territory in the same proportions as the traditional administration, among others.

Beyond these technical aspects, the stormy debates aroused by the new electoral law also related to reservations and apprehensions of a political nature as to the approach that prevailed in its elaboration. All things which explain, according to Souleymane De, the need to breathe a dose of inclusiveness into the government project by extending parliamentary hearings to all the actors concerned by the electoral process, in order to have a consensual law. . “An electoral law of Malians and not of a clan”, he hammered, following the minister in charge of the project, who pleaded for a step back from the members of the CNT in the face of the issues and the content reformator of the new electoral law.

And for good reason, the Choguel Government, according to Minister Dicko, does not recognize itself in the amendments which target the AIGE of its substance nor in the accusations of non-inclusiveness and visibly accepts such an epilogue of the legislative procedure like a straitjacket . The fact remains that the ultimate outcome remains suspended on a possible arbitration of the Head of the Executive who has the choice of sending the text back to second reading or of consecrating its repeal by simply ignoring it in favor of the status quo ante in the electoral process. He can just as well promulgate the law as it is and leave the Prime Minister to draw the consequences of the humiliation which consists in imposing on him the implementation of his PAG without the single body that he presents on all the roofs as the “backbone” of the refoundation.

Since the adoption of this new electoral law, the pro-choguel within the M5-RFP have begun to make threats against Assimi Goïta and one of the mentors of this coup, Jeamille Bittar, finds that the CNT has no reason to ‘be.

And suddenly, behind the scenes, they would even threaten Assimi if he were to promulgate this law, Assimi would resign.

All Malians have their heads turned towards Koulouba when they hear the signature or not of ASSIMI Goïta

AIGE

AIGE is in charge of compiling, managing, updating and keeping the electoral register, receiving and transmitting candidate files relating to the elections of deputies to the National Assembly, national councilors and advisers of local authorities, ballot counting operations, vote counting, centralization, proclamation, publication of the provisional results of polls by office and voting and the transmission of minutes.

The AIGE is also responsible for the management of national and international observers, electoral training and the coordination of related activities, the publication and official submission of its annual activity report, the routing of trials – minutes of the referendum, presidential and legislative consultations, accompanied by the documents which must be annexed thereto to the Constitutional Court, in relation with the representatives of the State.

In addition, the AIGE is responsible for centralizing the results of communal, regional, circle and district electoral consultations in Bamako and keeping the minutes, monitoring and supervising the revision of electoral lists at the occasion of referendum operations and elections under the conditions provided for by this law.

It also handles the production, personalization, printing and delivery of biometric voter cards for referendum operations and elections, election campaign monitoring, issuing voting proxies, monitoring the progress of voting operations, drawing up its annual operating budget and the budget for referendum and electoral consultations, setting up permanent consultation frameworks with the administration, political parties and civil society. That’s not all. It participates in the drafting of legislation relating to elections.

Yattara Ibrahim

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