Tunis, 24 October 2014 - The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR) and the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) held their first operational meeting to prepare the observation of the upcoming Tunisian parliamentary elections.

Mrs. Evgenia Kondrakhina, from the GNRD, outlined safety protocols and guidelines for field activities. Observers were provided with a two-hour training on the methodology of elections observation.

The international joint mission will cover a total of 16 out of 24 governorates, and each individual team will visit between 10 and 15 electoral centers.

The three main objectives of the joint observation are to contribute to Tunisia’s transition to democracy, support the Tunisian people’s right to vote, and to evaluate the transparency of the process.

Observers had the opportunity to meet with representatives of two leading Tunisian political parties, the Popular Front and Call for Tunisia. They interviewed the representatives of both parties regarding the political campaign and the challenges faced by candidates. Representatives also discussed the fairness and bias in media coverage, funding for political campaigns, candidates' registration, and cooperation with election authorities.

The joint observation mission held its first press conference which was attended by Tunisian and international media representatives, civil society organizations, and all concerned parties.