ADF issues the Guide to Observing the Tunisian Constituent Assembly Elections -23 October 2011
Desiring to support and develop the field of election observation, ADF issued the Guide to Observing the Tunisian Constituent Assembly Elections -23 October 2011. This guide was prepared by Dr. Mohamed Shafik Sersar, Professor of Constitutional Law and member of the expert committee in the Higher Commission for the Achievement of the Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition, and one of the experts who drafted the electoral law for the Tunisian Constituent Assembly. The guide was distributed to about 5000 local and international observers and was adopted by the Higher Independent Commission for Elections as part of the publications, being distributed within in the framework of preparation and organization of the electoral process.
For those interested in the Tunisian model, the guide offers a comprehensive definition of the nature of elections observation, its mechanisms, the curriculum, and the difference between election observation and monitoring. The guideline also explains the role of the observer before and after the electoral process, the challenges (s)he faces with international, regional, and local references, principles, duties, rights, and areas of intervention in manners that would contribute to ensuring the transparency and integrity of the elections. The guide includes an appendix with a Declaration of Principles for International Observation of Elections, and a Code of Conduct for International Elections Observers.