EISA Chad: Electoral Code of Conduct for parties and candidates

M. Abderahmane Djasnabaye, Minister in charge of human rights and promotion of liberties

2011: Code adopted

The Electoral Code of Conduct for parties and candidates in Chad was adopted on 5 January 2011, during a solemn ceremony at the country's State House in N'Djamena.

The ceremony was attended by Chad's President, Idriss Deby Itno, the Prime Minister and government, the Speaker of the National Assembly and other national constituted corps, the representatives of the international community and most political parties. Leaders of 95 political parties have signed the Code. Its adoption after a few weeks of uncertainty is considered a major step towards a climate of open and violence free elections in the country.

EISA was requested to facilitate the signing ceremony in recognition of our role in the preparation of this document. Drafting and facilitating the adoption of an electoral code of conduct for political parties was one of the activities to be undertaken within the framework of our EU funded political parties assistance programme.

The tour de force of bringing so many parties together to sign such a code was stepped up by the attendance of the event by the President of Chad. It also profiled the success of EISA's political party programme.

2010: Code of Conduct drafted and circulated

EISA hosted a National Multiparty Liaison Committee meeting on 14 September 2010 in N'Djamena where an electoral code of conduct was discussed. An Electoral Code of Conduct for parties and candidates was drafted and circulated to parties for input.