Political campaigning is nearing its climax in Morocco for the 240 seats in the new single Chamber of Representatives despite the election boycott by the country's two major political parties.
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Background: Political campaigning is nearing its climax in Morocco for the 240 seats in the new single Chamber of Representatives despite the election boycott by the country's two major political parties. the election, to be held in two stages, will take place on Friday (August 21) and August 28.
Earlier this month king Hassan of Morocco castigated political parties which, he said, had claimed it was largely thanks to them parties, but it was widely accepted that he was referring to the nation's two major parties - the Istiqlal and the Socialist National Union of Popular Forces.
It is these two parties which have said they will not be represented in the elections and called on their supporters not to participate.
The opposition groups protested against the Constitution, put to a referendum by the king on July 24, when it was adopted by an overwhelming vote of 98.7 percent in favour.
The election will end five years of direct rule by the Moroccan Monarch.
The National Front said they were boycotting the elections because the referendum had been organised while political parties were prevented from exercising any control, and because of the composition of the new parliament.
The Front claimed the election would be held on the basis of Electoral Rolls dating back to 1960 which wold make young people, or one-third of the electorate, ineligible to vote. It was also stated that there was electoral "rigging" because the names of thousands of dead people and emigrants were still on the rolls.
In addition, the summer election would take place while tens of thousands of workers, teachers, professional men, civil servants and their families were on holiday.