Morocco opposition shuns election commission

RABAT (AA) – Moroccan opposition parties on Thursday said they would not send representatives to join the country's official electoral commission.

Opposition parties also voiced concern about the course of consultations with the government that are currently underway on municipal elections slated for Sept. 4.

They went on to accuse Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of "authoritarianism."

In a joint statement, the parties said they would only send representatives to join the electoral commission if it was established in line with the law following consultations.

"The current commission isn't supported by law," the joint statement read in part. "Nor does it respect the constitution."

The electoral commission is headed by the Moroccan interior and justice ministers and includes representatives of political parties.

The commission is tasked with preparing for municipal elections slated for Sept. 4.

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