EU election observers at work in Tunisia

Experts in Tunis ahead of presidential elections

04 September, 16:59

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 4 - The European Union has sent an election observation mission (EOM) to Tunisia ahead of presidential elections on September 15 and parliamentary elections on October 6, on the invitation of the country's Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE).

    The EU decision to send an EOM is in line with its policy to support democratic consolidation in Tunisia since 2011.

    Marie-Violette Cesar, deputy head of the EOM in Tunisia, said a team of 10 electoral experts has been in Tunis since August 23, and 28 long-term observers joined them on September 2.

    "They are now spread out in all the regions of the country, and will be joined by another 28 short-term observers during the days of the elections," Cesar said.

    On the days of the elections, a total of about 100 European observers are expected, and they will be joined by a delegation of members of the European Parliament for parliamentary elections.

    The EOM's mandate is to observe and analyse the entire electoral process in order to make an impartial, neutral, and objective evaluation.

    After voting is complete, the EOM will make a public statement with its preliminary conclusions, with a full analysis including recommendations for future elections to follow later.

    This EOM, the fourth since 2011, is led by head observer Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a European Parliament vice-president.

    Cesar said Castaldo will be in Tunisia next week.(ANSAmed).

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