Polling stations in Tunisia closed their doors this evening with the end of the voting process in the second round of local council elections designated to elect members of the Second House of Parliament with increased participation rates, in accordance with the electoral system approved by the Constitution. 12.44%.
This round is dedicated to electing one of the candidates who did not get a majority in the first round held on December 24 last year.
Farouk Bouskar, head of the Independent High Authority for Elections, announced during a press conference in the capital Tunis that “520,303 Tunisian voters will vote in the second round of local elections, with voting ending at 6 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT). Participation was recorded, with the percentage of official and semi-final voting reaching 12.44%.
“Eight hours after the election process began, more than 429,000 voters headed to polling stations,” he said.
“All polling stations for the second round of local council elections were opened on time without any delays,” Bosker said at an earlier press conference on Sunday.
“Elections are being held in 779 electoral districts out of 2,129 districts related to local council elections,” he said.
Regarding the number of candidates, Bauskar said, “1,558 candidates are competing in the election, while 4,181,871 voters will participate in this second round, who will go to 2,037 polling stations.”
According to the Independent High Authority for Elections, the number of winners in the first round reached 1,349 out of a total of 7,205 candidates, including 6,177 candidates for the direct election and 1,028 candidates for the lottery process for the 279 seats designated for people with disabilities. . , distributed as one seat in each local council.
The first round of local council elections saw a boycott by the opposition such as the National Salvation Front, the Workers' Party and the Afek Tounes Party, while loyalist parties including the People's Movement, Tunisia Forward Movement and the Popular Front boycotted the elections. The movement expressed its support.
Since July 25, 2021, Tunisia is facing a political crisis after President Kais Saied ordered the dissolution of the Judicial Council and Parliament, the issuance of laws by presidential decrees, and the approval of a new constitution through referendum in July 2022. and began imposing extraordinary measures, including holding early elections. Legislative elections in December. From the same year and last January.