Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2006/986/Press Review]

October 2 2006

24 Sep 2006
Main headlines

– To study developments of the election process, the JMP calls its leading bodies to a meeting

– Al-Yazidi: 20 September, a partisan battle but not electoral

– Democracy of the ruling party, killing, aggressions, plunder, besiege, fraud

– Violations of the ruling party delay announcement of local councils elections results

– The international mission criticizes the ruling party's assailing of the JMP

Writer Ahmed Saeed discusses in his article impressions on the recent elections in Yemen saying the impressions I could gather on the experiment of the presidential and local councils elections that took place in Yemen at the end of last week put all before a group of doubts regarding information the supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum had derived with respect to results it announced on the elections.

That has made it loose credibility of its work and the scientific ability to administer the electoral process and consequently led to confuse the recipient of that information including citizens, the press and other media. In the work of the commission it was clear there was contradiction in the information given by it, which is supposed to be field information affirmed by statements of vote-counting signed by concerned committees.

Responsibility as a value and feeling as conscience dictate that all are Yemeni but seems to have been lost among members of elections commission. Bias to the side that is more powerful in influence and potential prevailed at the expense of the other party that represents part of the people. The result of that stance was violation of the law and the constitution and resulted in many fears especially after rigging of figures concerning results of voting and insistence on announcing beforehand the victory of certain candidates.

Because of these violations wouldn't the election commission be an object of skepticism and one of the cases of violations and mistakes that the law must pay attention to in order to change he status and style of the commission's work as a first step concerning all of the violations the democratic experiment has faced?