The elections of the representatives of the magistrates to the Superior Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ) are being held this Saturday, October 22 in the various Courts of Appeal. The magistrates thus took part in the election of their ten representatives within the CSPJ with a participation rate which reached 50.42% at midday, for the courts of appeal, and 33.68% for the courts of first degree.
The election of the representatives of the judges is held in the 24 polling stations provided for this purpose in the various Courts of Appeal of the Kingdom and will continue until 6 p.m.
In the premises of the Rabat Court of Appeal, many judges went to the two polling stations set up to elect their representatives, on the basis of a list of 50 candidates.
Thus, and in accordance with article 31 of the organic law relating to the Council, the final list of candidates for each electoral college according to the order in which the candidatures were submitted, was established at the number of 19 candidates, including five women (26, 31%), for the magistrates of the Courts of Appeal. In addition to 31 candidates including 13 women (41.93%) representing the magistrates of the jurisdictions of first degree.
The Council thus assured that ” the operation is taking place in full compliance with the legal provisions and professional ethics, as well as the health measures put in place to fight against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic ″.
The vice-president of the International Union of Magistrates and president of the African regional group, Marcelle Kouassi, underlined, in a statement to the press, the capital importance of this exercise in the consecration of the independence of the judiciary, affirming that the ” holding this election in a climate of transparency is an undeniable contribution to the consecration of this independence and the principles of the rule of law“.
The manager also noted that “The Moroccan experience is unprecedented »With regard to the conditions of candidacy, organization of the election and the electoral campaign.
For his part, Mustapha L’bzar, secretary general of the CSPJ, indicated that all the Courts of Appeal are mobilized to carry out this deadline, specifying that six candidates will be elected for the representation of magistrates of the courts of first degree, including at least two women, and four candidates representing the magistrates of the Courts of Appeal (including at least one woman).
He thus ensured that the Council ensures full transparency and equal opportunities for all candidates, recalling that the institution had drawn up for this purpose a code of ethics signed by all candidates in a climate of consultation with associations. legal professionals.
” It is a moral basis for defining the commitments of each party, so as to promote the brand image of justice and to uphold the values of transparency and probity.“, He observed.
Regarding compliance with health measures aimed at the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the candidates were asked to record a video capsule in a studio of the CSPJ, which was posted on the official website dedicated to elections. They also had the opportunity to speak remotely with the magistrate electors.
In accordance with article 115 of the Constitution, the Superior Council of the Judicial Power chaired by King Mohammed VI, is made up of the First President of the Court of Cassation in the capacity of President-Delegate, the Attorney General of the King near the Court of Cassation, of the President of the First Chamber of the Court of Cassation, of four representatives elected, among them, by the magistrates of the courts of appeal, of six representatives elected, among them, by the magistrates of the jurisdictions of the first degree.
In detail, it is also about the Mediator, the President of the National Council of Human Rights as well as five personalities appointed by the King, recognized for their competence, their impartiality and their probity and for their distinguished contribution in favor of independence of justice and the rule of law.
In its press release, the Council specified that the evolution of the rate of participation in the election and its progress in the polling stations can be followed on the council portal www.cspj.ma, affirming that the council follows very closely. near these elections.