2019 Presidential Polls: EU Election Observation Mission calls for equal opportunities for candidates
09/09/2019 21:32, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Tunisia said it encouraged the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) to continue its efforts to ensure the smooth conduct of the presidential elections on September 15.

In a statement issued on Monday, the EU EOM Commended the electoral Authority and the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) for organising the televised debates between candidates on September 7, 8 and 9 as part of the campaign on the public channel, "an initiative whose principle meets citizens' expectations as regards information on the candidates in the running and their programmes".

However, the Mission notes that "one of the candidates who was to participate in the September 7 debate, Nabil Karoui, has not been able to express his views due to his pre-trial detention by the courts since August 23".

The EU EOM, while fully respecting the independence of the judiciary, calls on the authorities concerned to take the necessary measures to enable all candidates, including Mr Karoui, to campaign in accordance with the principle of equal opportunities in the presidential election, as laid down by the Tunisian electoral law and the regulations in force.

In the same connection, the Mission praised ISIE's commitment to publish provisional results on its website on a poll-by-poll basis, and calls on it to do so as soon as these results are announced in order to guarantee the right to effective remedies.

The EU EOM, which has been present in Tunisia since 23 August, is headed by Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Vice-President of the European Parliament. It observes the various phases of the presidential and legislative electoral processes and will remain present in Tunisia until the final results are published.

The EU EOM, which has 10 electoral analysts based in Tunis, deployed 28 long-term observers covering all governorates.

They will be reinforced on the ground by 28 short-term observers and more than 30 EU diplomats in Tunis. On September 15, the EU EOM will have around 100 observers for the presidential election.

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