International Observers Say Morocco Elections Ran In ‘Good Conditions’
By Maghreb Arabe Presse
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 @ 9:10PM
The local elections that took place Friday in Morocco took place in “good conditions,” international observers who monitored the polling said on Saturday.
“We were impressed because we’ve seen very clearly that people were well acquainted with the rules and were well prepared” for elections, Leslie Lebel, one of the international observers told Morocco’s Al Oula channel TV.
“Everything took place in very good conditions,” she said.
Jean Charles Brisard noted the “professionalism” of the election supervising teams and a “great sense of responsibility and an accurate knowledge of the polling modalities.”
For her part, Rachel Ehrenfeld of the American Center for Democracy said the elections registered “no irregularities.”
She is one of the 150 international observers who monitored Friday elections to choose 27,795 councilors. The polling has witnessed a turnout of 52.4%, that is over seven million of the 13.3 million voters.
On Friday, observers described as “ideal” the climate in which the elections took place in Morocco’s Southern Provinces, the Sahara.
The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), which was formed in August 2008, has harvested 21.7% of the seats across Morocco.
In parliament, PAM recently retracted support to the government to stand as the biggest opposition party ahead of the Islamist Justice and Development Party. It has 46 of the 325 seats of Parliament.