Is taken into consideration the deputy's belonging to the party when presenting his candidacy to the Chamber of Deputies.

The Minister of Interior shall proclaim the list of the parties authorized to participate in the referendum campaign 20 days at least before the day of the ballot.

Article 162 - V ( added by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

Political parties participating in the campaign can seek authorization from the authority supervising the public radio and TV establishments to use the radio and television.

The request shall be addressed by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt 18 days at least before the day of the ballot.

For radio and TV broadcastings, programs shall be distributed among the parties participating in the referendum campaign at an equal duration to which shall be added a duration for each deputy belonging to the concerned party, provided that the total duration of the broadcast for one political party, irrespective of the number of its deputies in the Chamber of Deputies, does not exceed a certain limit. These durations are set by the Minister supervising the public radio and TV establishments.

Article 162 - VI ( added by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

The votes shall be counted to determine the number of votes obtained for the answer "yes" and the number of votes obtained for the answer "no".

In declaring the results of the referendum, the rule of the majority of valid votes shall be adopted.

Article 162 - VII ( added by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

Subject to the provisions of article 53 of the present code, the vote is considered null and void when the envelope contains several ballot papers comprising contradictory answers as to the object of the referendum.

Ballot papers containing the same answer and put in the same envelope shall be counted as one vote.

CHAPTER II

Control of operations

Article 163 ( amended by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

( reclassified by article 6 of organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 (formerly 136))

The Constitutional Council shall supervise the course of the referendum operations.

The Constitutional Council shall immediately be informed by the government of all the measures taken in connection with the referendum operations.

The Constitutional Council shall designate its delegates from among the judicial body, or from among the members of the Administrative Court or of the Court of Accounts, to ensure the follow-up of the referendum operations.

The Minister of Interior shall proclaim the referendum results and without delay transmit the report of the general vote tally to the Constitutional Council which shall declare the definitive results within a maximum of three days after examining the delegates' reports.

Article 164 ( amended by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

(reclassified by article 6 of organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 (formerly 137))

If the Constitutional Council notices the existence of any irregularities in the course of the referendum operations, it can decide, according to the nature and gravity of these irregularities, whether to confirm the said operations or to cancel them totally or partially.

Article 164a (added by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

Each political party participating in the referendum campaign can designate one of its representatives to attend the course of the referendum operations, under the conditions and procedures of control of electoral operations provided for by the present code.

 

CHAPTER III

Proclamation of Results

 

Article 165 (amended by organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 )

( reclassified by article 6 of organic law 2003-58 of August 4, 2003 (formerly 138))

The Constitutional Council shall proclaim the referendum results by a decision published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Tunisia (JORT).

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