Mauritius: 'Mauritius to examine AU’s recommendations on elections'

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has said that the government will examine the recommendations made by the African Union Observer Mission on the National Assembly Elections held on 10 December 2014.

In a statement released in Port-Louis on Friday, Sir Anerood said that the Mission had recommended a reform of the island’s legal framework to ensure gender parity in the National Assembly in accordance with Article 29 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development.

Other recommendations include an amendment of the electoral law to ensure that counting takes place at the polling stations immediately after the closing of polls in order to conform with the international principles governing democratic elections; the reform of the legal framework to regulate the private funding of political parties and campaigns, and consideration of public financing of political parties.

The Observer Mission also recommended the inclusion of regulations for media coverage of electoral campaigns in the electoral legal framework to ensure equitable access by political parties and candidates to the public media and to improve the voter control system by introducing indelible ink or another system that may be consensual among political parties.

Another recommendation is to undertake a review of the delimitation of constituencies in order to have a more balanced and fairer representation of the national territory.

Sir Anerood said that the government already was committed to reform the electoral system to introduce a dose of proportional representation in the National Assembly and guarantee better women representation.

He said the Government programme also provided for the enactment of a Financing of Political Parties Act, adding that a Ministerial Committee would be set up to examine and make recommendations on electoral reform, as proposed in the Government Programme 2015-2019.
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