Observers: Moroccan election overall fair, but turnout low

2016-10-09 20:58


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Rabat - Morocco's national election observer body says voting last week was largely free and fair, though it is investigating sporadic cases of vote-buying and expressed concern about low turnout.

The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development won on  Friday's legislative election, beating out a party with close ties to the royal palace.

The PJD, which first won elections in 2011 after Arab Spring protests, is now working on building a coalition government.

The National Council of Human Rights, which oversees election monitoring, released a preliminary report on Sunday noting sporadic irregularities.

Council president Driss El Yazami told reporters the elections took place in a "serene and transparent climate."

However, he expressed concern about the 43%  turnout rate.

Some Moroccans see voting as futile because ultimate power rests with the king.

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