Tunisian civil society organisations announce their monitoring projects for 2017 municipal elections | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisian civil society organisations announce their monitoring projects for 2017 municipal elections

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) along with its six partner associations officially launched on Tuesday at a press conference six projects aimed at observing the different aspects of the 2017 municipal elections process.

Chahed Observatory, Youth without Borders (JSF), Awfia Coalition, I Watch, Mourakiboun and the Tunisian Mediterranean Centre (Tu-Med) presented their short-term and long-term election observation initiatives in view of the municipal elections.

The representative of the Chahed Observatory said that they will monitor the voter registration process, monitor disputes and litigation proceedings following voter registration, candidate registration and the announcement of final election results.

JSF for its part, will monitor disputes and litigation after candidate registration and final results, and will deploy mobile observers in ten regions on Election Day.

Awfia will monitor media coverage of election campaign, assessing both national and regional television, newspaper and media coverage of candidates and other election-related activities.

Meanwhile, I watch will implement a project to monitor political party campaign finance, deploying observers in six regions to observe campaign activities and ultimately comparing parties’ reported expenses with actual campaign spending.

On Election Day, Mourakiboun will deploy about four thousand observers to a statistically-selected sampling of polling stations to verify the accuracy of official results.

Tu-Med for its part, will conduct a targeted observation effort to monitor the participation of women in rural zones of six governorates.

NDI will focus on the situation of the electoral climate, particularly in rural areas and the electoral process relating to women in these regions.

The representatives of the associations participating in this conference also expressed their concern about the “poor” results of the awareness campaign for registration to the next municipalities.

This is due, according to them, to the structural imbalance observed at the central and regional levels in the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE).

According to a press release on the occasion, NDI’s financial and technical assistance for these election monitoring projects is part of a programme of democracy assistance with the goal of ensuring citizen concerns are helping inform national-level decision-making.

Source: TAP News Agency

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