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Voting begins for early general elections in Tunisia

In Tunisia, the voting process for the early general elections to determine the members of parliament has started.

The voting process, which started at 08:00 local time in 11 thousand 485 ballot boxes established throughout the country, will continue until 18:00.

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Tunisia’s Independent Supreme Election Board announced on December 15 that voting will take place between 09:00 and 16:00 due to security reasons in some parts of the country.

In the statement, it was stated that the elections, in which 45 thousand people will take part, will be watched by 1,800 observers, both domestic and foreign.

1,058 candidates will compete to enter the 161-seat parliament

In Tunisia, where there are 9 million 200 thousand registered voters, 1058 candidates, 120 of whom are women, from 161 constituencies, 10 of which are in the diaspora, will compete for the 161-seat Parliament.

 

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While no applications were made from 7 electoral districts during the candidacy process, only one candidate from 10 regions applied for parliamentary position.

In the new election system, the individual application system was adopted, not the lists of the parties, so independent candidates came to the fore in the applications.

– The process leading to early elections in Tunisia

President Kays Said lifted the parliamentary immunity by suspending the work of the Assembly on July 25, 2021, and enlarged his powers with new decrees on September 22, 2021, completely subordinating the executive branch.

With the “road map of exiting the political crisis”, which he announced on 13 December 2021, Said stated that a constitutional amendment referendum would be held on 25 July 2022 and an early general election would be held on 17 December 2022 and the Assembly would remain closed until then.

In the referendum held in the country on July 25 with the participation of 30.5 percent of the voters, the new Constitution was accepted with 94.6 percent “yes” votes.

Most parties boycott the election

President Said announced the new election law to be implemented in the early general elections on 15 September.

Among the political parties in the country, such as the Ennahda Movement, the Heart of Tunisia Party, the Democratic Current Party, the Free Constitution Party, the Afak Tunisian Party, important political parties in Tunisia and the Tunisian National Liberation Front, the roof formation of the opposition, announced that they would boycott the elections with the statements they made one after the other.

Political parties boycotting the elections are boycotting the elections for two different reasons.

Some parties and political initiatives “in principle” oppose every step taken after the 25 July decisions, as they describe the 25 July 2021 resolutions, in which Tunisian President Said dissolved the parliament, as a “coup”.

The other part supports the July 25 decisions, but disagrees because they do not find the steps taken by President Said after the July 25 decisions “democratic”.

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