EU to deploy election observers in Tunisia

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) announced Friday that it will deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential elections of September 15 and legislative elections of October 6 in Tunisia.

This decision is in line with the European Union’s policy of support for democratic consolidation in Tunisia since 2011, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement.

She has appointed Fabio Massimo Castaldo, an Italian Member of the European Parliament as Chief Observer of the EOM in Tunisia.

“This year’s presidential and legislative elections are another important step in the process of democratic consolidation in Tunisia. Tunisia is a privileged partner of the EU and accompanying it in this journey is an important priority for us,” said the EU foreign policy chief.

A team of 10 EU election analysts will be based in Tunis from 23 August. The team will be joined on 2 September by 28 long-term observers who will be deployed throughout the country and 28 short-term observers during the various electoral days.

Following the ballot, the EU’s EOM will publicly present a report statement setting out its preliminary findings on the electoral process in Tunisia.

Source: Kuwait News Agency