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European Commission - Press release

Tunisia: EU to observe the Constituent Assembly elections

Brussels, 21 September 2011 - Upon invitation of the Tunisian authorities, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia, scheduled for 23 October 2011. The mission will be led by Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament.

These elections represent an historical moment in the transition process of Tunisia towards democracy. For the first time, Tunisian citizens will have the opportunity to freely choose their representatives; the elected Assembly will have the fundamental task of writing the new Constitution of the country.

Since the revolution in January, the EU has been extending its full support to the Tunisian people’s aspiration for freedom, democracy and dignity. The EU will continue to support the Tunisian authorities and society, in their path to democracy, in full respect of universal values.

 I wish to Michael Gahler and his team all success in their independent assessment of these important elections,” said Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

130 observers will assess pre-election preparations and campaign all over Tunisia, voting, counting and tabulation processes, as well as the post-election period. The first experts arrived in the country on 8 September. This team will be gradually joined 120 observers. A delegation of 15 Members of the European Parliament will reinforce the mission for the election period.

The EOM will issue a preliminary statement after the election day. A comprehensive assessment including recommendations based on factual outcome of the observation will be issued when the electoral process is completed.

For additional information: http://www.eueom.eu/tunisie2011

Contacts :

Maja Kocijancic (+32 2 298 65 70)

Michael Mann (+32 2 299 97 80)


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