Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed has expressed disagreement over the presence of foreign observers to supervise future elections in Tunisia, saying only Tunisians should supervise the vote.
Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed expressed his position on the supervision of the upcoming elections in Tunisia during a swearing-in ceremony for new members of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE). Saïed stated his opposition to the presence of foreign observers to supervise the elections, explaining that foreigners could observe the elections, but should not supervise them.
President Saïed stressed the importance of the integrity and transparency of elections in Tunisia, saying that the next elections in the country should be honest and transparent. He also stated that he would not send correspondence to foreign states to congratulate them on their transparent elections, as he believes that the authentication of the elections should come from Tunisians themselves.
ISIE spokesperson Mohamed Tlili Mansri previously announced the planned dates for local and regional elections next December, as well as the presidential election in the fall of 2024, marking the end of Saïed’s presidential mandate.
The issue of election supervision by foreign observers is sparking debate in Tunisia, with divergent opinions on the need for this presence to guarantee the integrity of the electoral process.