Electoral campaign: Tunisia should adopt stricter legislation, says IRI/NDI joint observation mission
16/09/2019 18:46, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisia should adopt an applicable and stricter law on election campaigns, said International Republican Institute (IRI) President Daniel Twining on Monday, calling for encouraging citizens to participate in political life.

At a joint press conference of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), which have sent a joint election observation mission (EOM) to Tunisia, Daniel Twining called bringing about good governance to dissipate population's fears amid security and economic challenges.

For him, democracy is more than just the organisation of fair elections. "The presidential election took place against the backdrop of a serious social and economic crisis, in an atmosphere of rejection of the political elites," he argued.

For her part, Margaret Patricia Curran, a former Scottish Labour Party MP, described the presidential election held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, as "excellent".

"The violations recorded during the election silence period and on election day were minor and could not influence the election results," she said.

In addition, she called for respect for equal opportunities between candidates, referring to businessmen Nabil Karoui, and Slim Riahi. The former is imprisoned on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion and the latter is the subject of a judicial investigation and is currently abroad.

"Karoui, has not been able to express himself because of his pre-trial detention since August 23," she said.

The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute are independent, non-profit, non-partisan organisations working to uphold freedom and democratic institutions around the world.

Their action aims to strengthen citizen participation and accountability in government affairs and involving citizens in government planning.

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