Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2003/633/Press Review]

April 27 2003

20 April 2003
Main headlines:
– On Sunday the people in confrontation with corruption
– GPC hysteria against the law enhances success of the JMP
– One person killed, 15 injured in Utma
– At constituency 37, intensive shelling of JMP leading member house

Columnist Ahmed Said in an article that in the conduct of the supreme committee of elections and referendum offends the slow-progressing democratic experiment in Yemen and deals a blow to its. The reason is because of its non-neutrality and partiality to the ruling party. There is no meaning to any platform competition among the political parties under the continuous interference by committee's monitor who deletes any criticism against the electoral programs of the government policy. The latest of such deletion was that criticizing the deteriorating economic and general situations in the country. The law under which the committee has been formed was clear when its members were entrusted with administrative, procedural and technical tasks in any elections without partiality towards any political party and also to protect the law against any violations. What the supreme committee is doing exceeds its job and does not show any negative aspects of he ruling party that did not fulfill any of its promises it has given in the former parliament. That party even did not present any theories for economic reform but rather offered non-democracy and strong impoverisation.