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Cablegate: Justice and Interior Ministries Collaborate On

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UNCLAS RABAT 001506

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/MAG, DRL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL MO
SUBJECT: JUSTICE AND INTERIOR MINISTRIES COLLABORATE ON
ELECTIONS

1. (U) On August 4, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the
Ministry of the Interior (MOI) signed a joint communique
expressing their determination to counter any violation of
the legal conditions of the upcoming Upper House
parliamentary elections, as reported in all major media
outlets. The elections, which are scheduled for September 8,
will replace one-third of the Upper House's members. The
communique reinforces the MOI and MOJ's last joint
communique, published in August 2003, which listed election
rules and procedures stipulated in the Lower House organic
law in hopes of ensuring transparency in the electoral
process.

2. (U) Public authorities are to present "judicial and
administrative guarantees" in order to pave the way for
"healthy and loyal political competition between different
political formations," according to French-language daily,
L'Economiste (August 8). The communique also urges all
political parties, unions, council and professional chamber
elected officials, delegates, and all involved personnel to
respect the law and to abstain from using any influence over
the voter's choice, including vote buying or the use of
threats and other constraints which would "falsify the will
of the voters and offend public order." It also calls for
judicial pursuit of those suspected of violating the
electoral law.

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3. (U) The Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bouzoubaa, stated
on national TV channel 2M on August 4 that Morocco has moved
on from the period when the administration intervened in the
electoral process, mentioning that the current problem is
linked to corruption. Bouzoubaa explained that the joint
communique aims at fighting corruption and ensuring the
transparency of the upcoming elections.

4. (U) The Minister of the Interior, Chakib Benmoussa, said
during a 2M interview on August 4 that he hopes every party
will take its share of responsibility in ensuring an
environment for the success of the upcoming elections.
Benmoussa also emphasized that his department has given firm
instructions to walis and governors to use all judicial and
material means at their disposal to handle any immoral
practices and to implement the judicial mechanisms necessary
in order to guarantee the credibility of the upcoming 2007
elections.

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