This preliminary statement is offered by the joint international Election Observation Mission (EOM) of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) to Tunisia’s October 6, 2019 parliamentary elections.
The EOM delegation, comprising 34 observers from 15 countries, including current and former legislators, diplomats, political party leaders, election experts, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and regional specialists. It was led by Andrew Natsios, former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and professor at the George H. W. Bush School at Texas A&M University, and Anna Lührmann, former member of the German parliament and deputy director of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute.
The delegation’s findings were informed by observations of the joint mission’s delegation to the September 15 presidential elections, the work of 15 long-term observers and analysts who have been deployed across Tunisia since late August and a pre-election delegation that visited Tunisia from July 30 to August 2 to assess preparations for the polls. On election day, the mission delegates visited more than 150 polling stations in 25 electoral districts across the country.