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Presidents of independent authorities claim financial and logistical support.

05/04/2019 14:01, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) -The presidents of independent national authorities claimed financial and logistical support, calling for reinforcing the administrative autonomy of these structures so that they can properly discharge their mission far from any form of pressure.

At the opening of the annual conference of the League of Independent Public Authorities, they considered it essential to provide the necessary support to these authorities to make a success of the democratic transition process.

President of the Independent High Broadcasting Authority Nouri Lajmi called for speeding up the development of a draft law on the organisation of the sector and to submit it to parliament as soon as possible.

For his part, President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections Nabil Baffoun pointed out the role of his authority since its establishment as well as the main challenges faced since the 2011 elections.

He said that the authority is preparing to organise a municipal by-elections in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid and another to complete the composition of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, in addition to the organisation of the legislative and presidential elections in autumn 2019.

Baffoun specified that 3.2 million Tunisians have not yet registered most of them are outside the national territory. He urged Tunisians to flock to the registration offices, hoping to see the ISIE succeed in completing the process of setting up democracy through the organisation of free and fair elections.

Taking the floor, President of the National Authority for the Prevention of Torture Fethi AL Jarry pointed out that the Prime Ministry can play a significant role in the reinforcement of the material and administrative autonomy of the authorities, estimating that its authority has managed in spite of the lack of means to complete his annual report and present it to the Head of State.

President of the National Authority of Access to Information Imed Hazgui urged the government, the House of People's Representatives and the civil society to provide the necessary support to independent bodies, adding that his authority has succeeded, in terms of relatively short time, to spread the culture of accountability and transparency.

For her part, the President of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Authority Raoudha Laabidi said that the biggest challenge facing independent authorities today is the financial and logistical support, commending the role of the civil society and international organisations in combating human trafficking.

In an address delivered on behalf of the partners of the League of Independent Public Authorities Rami Salhi indicated that the role of this new structure, founded in September 2018, is to spread the culture of citizenship and strengthen the human rights system in the country.

The League of Independent Public Authorities is composed of eight structures namely, the National Authority for the Prevention of Torture, the National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections, the Independent High Broadcasting Authority, the Access to Information Authority, the National Anti-Human Trafficking Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Authority and the Higher Authority for the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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Date:Apr 5, 2019
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