The Turkish government has said that it intends to join the European Union mission to monitor the Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia. According to media reports on Sunday, two Turkish MPs will join the EU mission later this week.
Hurriyet newspaper added that the MPs will be part of the EU team planning to meet representatives of Tunisian political parties, civil society organizations and the media before the scheduled elections on 23rd October. Turkey’s participation, said Hurriyet, is “at the request of the Parliamentary Group of the European Council”. The EU group’s task will be to monitor the whole electoral process in Tunisia, from the ballot itself up to and including the vote count.
EU Election Observation Mission Vice-President Maria Espinosa said that 116 European observers will arrive in Tunisia over the coming days to strengthen the mission’s core team which has been in place since 19th September, spread over 27 electoral districts.