Carter Center Short-Term Observers Arrive in Tunisia for Legislative Elections

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TUNIS, TUNISIA (Oct. 3, 2019) — Dozens of short-term observers arrived in Tunis this week to join the Carter Center’s international election observation mission for Tunisia's parliamentary election. Tana de Zulueta, a former member of Italy’s parliament, and Karen AbuZayd, a commissioner on the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, will co-lead the delegation of more than 90 observers.

The Carter Center, which has worked in Tunisia since 2011, received an invitation and accreditation to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections from the High Independent Authority for Elections. The mission launched in May 2019 with the deployment of a core team of experts in Tunis and 16 long-term observers throughout the country. In total, for both the presidential and parliamentary elections, the Center has accredited more than 90 observers from 25 countries.

Carter Center observers have met regularly with ISIE representatives, political parties, independent candidates, civil society organizations, members of the international community, and citizen election observers to assess preparations for the Oct. 6 election and the pre-electoral environment. The mission will offer an independent assessment of the process surrounding the parliamentary election while coordinating with other national and international election observers and key stakeholders.

The Carter Center's assessment will be based on Tunisia's constitution, national legal framework, and its various obligations for democratic elections under public international law, including relevant regional and international agreements. The Center's mission will be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, which provides guidelines for professional and impartial election observation.

The Center issued a preliminary statement on the presidential election, noting that despite a compressed election timeframe, the election was well-organized.


Le Centre Carter annonce l’arrivée de ses observateurs de courte durée en Tunisie pour les élections législatives

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