Morocco elections: Less registered complaints, more organized protests

Published October 6th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Supporters of Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity take to the streets of Rabat to pass out campaign leaflets on October 5, 2016. (AFP/Fadal Senna)
Supporters of Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity take to the streets of Rabat to pass out campaign leaflets on October 5, 2016. (AFP/Fadal Senna)

Moroccan Interior Minister Mohamed Hasad has revealed that the public prosecution and the local administrations on campaigns of the legislative elections, scheduled for Friday, have received less than 100 complaints within the first ten days of the campaign.

Complaints, however, had reached 500 during the same period of the 2011 elections and 1,240 during the municipal and presidential polls held on September 4, 2015.

Hasad stated that the “electoral campaign is passing through normal conditions,” following a meeting for the government committee entrusted with following-up the electoral affairs with the political parties.

The Interior Minister added that organized protests on the occasion of the current legislative elections rose 50% compared to the 2011 polls, a fourfold increase from 2007. The minister continued that these figures reflect a “huge improvement” in the electoral process, ensuring that Morocco is moving to a better and positive electoral environment.

The committee announced that the parties and candidates organized around 9,100 meetings and polarized around 540,000 voters.

Hasad also shed light on the precautionary measures taken by the ministry of interior in this aspect.

Moreover, the Minister of Justice and Liberties, Mustafa Ramid, noted that the total number of submitted complaints is 77, and provided some information on the matter.

Candidates, meanwhile, continue to hold meetings with their voters.

Abdel Ilah Bin Kiran, head of the Justice and Development party, urged on Wednesday the electorates to vote “because you will decide the future of the government which is part of the country’s future. This is the only chance in five years and if you miss it you will be the ones to pay.”

By Latifa Al-Arosni


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