Bipartisan Consensus on Allocating Electoral Lists to Moroccans Living Abroad

The government expresses its willingness to console Moroccans around the world, calling for a broad national debate about voting and nominating a community in which all institutions take part

Sources from both the majority and the opposition revealed the presence of a political consensus to encourage the participation of Moroccans around the world in the electoral events to be held during the present year.

In view of the obstacles associated with creating electoral districts abroad, the leaders of political parties approved the proposal to nominate Moroccans around the world within the framework of national or regional lists within the front lines.

It was also reported that political bodies tend to allocate a percentage of electoral lists that will be agreed upon later for members of the Moroccan community abroad, ruling out the possibility of the Ministry of Interior accepting the proposal to “create a national list of candidates for the House of Representatives representing Moroccans abroad” or “replace the youth list with the community list.”

This February, the Coordination of Moroccan Parties Abroad continues its advocacy program on the political participation of Moroccans around the world, as it is expected that members of the Coordination will hold a series of meetings with the President of the House of Representatives, President of the House of Councilors, Presidents of parliamentary groups in both Houses, Minister of the Interior, as well as the Prime Minister.

As stated by Nezha El Ouafi, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, in charge of Moroccan expatriates, the government expresses its willingness to console Moroccans around the world, calling for a broad national debate about voting and nominating a community in which all institutions take part.

In a previous statement, El Ouafi also stressed “the need to reach a clear and integrated vision regarding the candidacy and voting process of Moroccans around the world, in order to create a national consensus and therefore ensure the implementation of Chapter 17, one of our country’s constitutional gains.”

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