Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) and Member of the European Parliament, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, arrived on Wednesday in Tunis.
"Through this election observation mission, the European Union renews its commitment alongside the Tunisian people in this crucial phase for entrenching their democracy," he said upon his arrival in Tunis.
"These elections are a historic step in the achievement of decentralisation, one of the essential objectives of the Constitution. They will devote participatory democracy on the local level, where everyday problems are managed, and where citizens can really make their voices heard, "added Castaldo, who has already observed elections in Tunisia in 2014, as part of of the European Union Election Observation Mission.
Two days after the election, the Chief Observer will present a preliminary statement containing the main findings of the mission on these elections at a press conference.
Within two months of the announcement of the final results, the Chief Observer of the European Union Observation Mission will return to Tunisia to present a more detailed final report, including, as appropriate, concrete recommendations for improvement of future electoral processes.
During his visit, Castaldo will meet the Speaker of the House of People's Representatives, as well as key actors in the electoral process, including the Indepent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) and competing political parties.