HCS: General election law must be approved by both HoR and HCS
The High Council of State (HCS) has emphasized that the approval of the general election law is within the competence of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the HCS following Article 23 of the Political Agreement.
"Any unilateral action by the two sides is considered unacceptable by the provisions of the constitutional declaration," the council stated.
It further noted that the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and the UN mission (UNSMIL) could only play a consultative role in some technical matters.
In its statement, the HCS indicated its adherence to the distribution provided for by the parliamentary election law concerning the number of constituencies and seats in the next legislative body.
The council insisted on a consensus between the HoR and HCS on any amendments, noting that it is in constant contact with the HNEC and the UNSMIL to discuss technical issues related to the electoral process.
It is noteworthy that the HNEC had submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives to increase the number of seats in the new House from 200 to 234 and called for redistributing them.
The proposal was widely rejected and criticized, especially from residents of the western region, who believe that the law has bias and favoritism for specific districts, as it grants villages in the east of the country more seats than other bigger western cities that have a larger population.