Democracy Tunisia

Note on international democratic standards for referendums

Tunisia will hold a national referendum on 25 July 2022. In this context, Democracy Reporting International (DRI) has prepared this note, focusing on the presentation of international democratic standards related to the organisation and conduct of constitutional and legislative referendums.

The note highlights best practices inspired by various legal systems and recommendations from international organisations such as the European Commission for Democracy and Law (The Venice Commission). This body puts forward guarantees to ensure the clarity, objectivity, and unity of the referendum questions.

The note also outlines guarantees for the logistics of a referendum, such as the respect of legal rules especially those of constitutional nature. During the referendum campaign, it is crucial to ensure the impartiality of the State's institutions and present a level playing field for both "Yes" and"No" supporters.

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