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Friday 7 October 2016

Parliamentary Elections 07 October 2016

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Parliamentary Elections 2016

Morocco’s Parliamentary Elections Held in an ‘Exemplary’ Manner: Spanish Government

Parliamentary elections which took place Friday in Morocco were held in an “exemplary manner,” Spanish government said.

These elections show the “clear commitment” of voters, political parties and institutions to democratic governance within the framework of the reform process undertaken by HM king Mohammed VI, Spain’s government said in a statement published by the ministry of foreign affairs.

“The Government of Spain congratulates the friendly nation of Morocco and its authorities for the exemplary manner in which the legislative elections on 7 October 2016 unfolded,” the source said.

Spain and Morocco, at all levels and through all institutions, have continued throughout the most recent Moroccan legislature to develop growing ties of collaboration in various sectors to give continuity to their excellent bilateral relations, the statement pointed out, adding that these relations have been consolidated on the basis of respect and mutual trust, which paves the way for the strengthening of cooperation to their mutual benefit and for the benefit of the Euro-Mediterranean region.
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Parliamentary Elections Reflect Vitality of Democracy in Morocco (French Foreign Ministry)

Parliamentary elections held on Friday in Morocco reflect the vitality of democracy in the Kingdom, France’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"France welcomes the successful conduct of the second parliamentary elections in Morocco since the adoption of the Constitution of 2011," French Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Romain Nadal, said on Monday in a press briefing.

These elections "reflect the vitality of democracy in Morocco,” he pointed out, noting that the kingdom is a “steadfast partner” of France.

Observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe praised the “transparency” of these elections, he added.
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2016 Parliamentary Elections Mark ‘Consistency and Advancement on Morocco’s Democratic Transformation’: NGO

Parliamentary elections held on Friday in Morocco mark “consistency and advancement on Morocco’s democratic transformation,” head of Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM), Sabra Bano, said here on Sunday.

“The women and men that participated alongside each, as voters, candidates and administrators, demonstrate that there is a will for democratic participation and advancement in Morocco,” she told the press, adding that “good practices of political parties nominating young female members candidates are encouraging.”

“The mission observed with great satisfaction that women were present at polling centres: alone, in groups, and with family members and children,” Bano pointed out, adding “there were no visible incidents of pressure to influence female voters.”

“The participation of older voters, and especially older women, was evident on election day,” she said, adding that “the number of security personnel was generally small but visible, adding to voter confidence.”

“Women were under-represented as staff of observed polling stations,” she noted, adding that “there was a particular scarcity of women as Presidents of the polling stations.”

“The Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM), organised by Gender Concerns International, congratulates the women and men of Morocco, the National Human Rights Council, and the Ministry of Interior on the success of conducting the second parliamentary elections following the democratic reforms in 2011,” she said.

GEOM Morocco 2016 observed more than 100 polling stations in Ain Harouda, Kenitra, Sidi Yahya El GHarb, Sala El Jadida, Mohammedia, Tit Melil, Salé, Rabat and Casablanca.

Gender Concerns International is a Dutch-based NGO whose mission is to build the capacity of women, Women’s Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and government officials to lobby and advocate for a gender inclusive society.
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Parliamentary Elections 2016: PJD Wins 27 Seats at National Constituency Level (Interior Ministry)

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) won 27 seats at the national constituency level, followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with 21 seats in Friday’s parliamentary elections, according to the results announced by the National Statistics Committee.

The Istiqlal Party won 11 seats, while the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and the Popular Movement won 9 and 7 seats respectively, the Interior ministry said in a statement.

The Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) won 6 seats, followed by the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) with 5 seats and the Constitutional Union (UC) with 4 seats.

The National Statistics Committee held on Saturday a meeting dedicated to the counting of votes and the announcement of the official results of Friday’s parliamentary elections at the national constituency level in the presence of representatives of the competing candidates.

Morocco’s House of Representatives (lower house) has 395-members who are elected by direct universal suffrage through a list vote for a term of five years. They are distributed as follows: 305 seats filled by members elected from local constituencies, and 90 seats filled by members elected at the national constituency level.
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Parliamentary Elections: High Turnout in Southern Provinces (Local Authorities)

A high turnout was recorded in Morocco’s southern provinces in Friday’s parliamentary elections as in the previous elections, local authorities said.

In some of the districts of Morocco’s southern provinces, voter turnout exceeded 76%, which shows the determination of the population of these regions to contribute to the democratic process in the Kingdom.

The turnout stood at 76.71% in Aousserd, 75.94% in Tarfaya, 64.30% in Boujdour, 62% in Smara, 57.21% in Laayoune, 49% in Tan Tan and 43.57% in Guelmim.

In Laayoune, massive influx of voters was confirmed by national and international observers.

One of the observers, Belgian Karongozi Andre Martin described as “very good” the atmosphere in Laayoune's polling stations.

“The voting process took place in good conditions without any incidents,” he told MAP.

"We realized that everyone was pleased to vote," he added.
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Election Administration Helped Ensure Vote’s Credibility & Transparency (CNDH)

The election administration which succeeded in organizing Friday’s parliamentary elections in terms of logistics helped ensure the credibility and transparency of the voting process, the president of Morocco's national human rights council (CNDH) Driss El Yazami said Sunday in Rabat.

In terms of management, the electoral process was beyond reproach, he added during the presentation of the CNDH preliminary conclusions on the 2016 parliamentary elections, noting that these elections mark a new regular election cycle and consecrate the standardization of the voting practices in Morocco.

The respect of the periodicity of elections is required to strengthen the national democratic process in a troubled regional political context, he added.

These elections were monitored by 68 national and international bodies with some 4,681 observers against 3,498 in 2011, an increase of 34 %.

Some 316 foreign observers monitored these elections.

The CNDH is to release its final report on these elections that will include the Council’s recommendations.

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