Monday, March 4, 2024

Why did Tunisians opt out of local elections?


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Tomorrow, Tunisia will announce the preliminary results of Sunday's local elections and the organization of the second round in the first half of next February.

According to the Election Commission, the participation rate in the elections reached 11.66% of all voters. The authority's chairman Baroukh Bouskar stressed that the authority is not responsible for the turnout rate in the elections, but for organizing the process and not to underestimate the number of participants.

Observers attributed the weak turnout to a lack of awareness among Tunisians about the function of local councils, as set out in the new constitution, which would be the starting point for the creation of Regional and Regional Councils and the National Council of Regions and Regions. Second Chamber of Parliament.


Some believe that a sense of disinterest in political life among Tunisians is a result of the state of chaos the country has experienced since the January 14 ouster of late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. 2011, especially under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.

Muhammad Al-Dalili Al-Mansri, the official spokesman of the Electoral Commission, emphasized the need to conduct in-depth practical studies to analyze the reasons for this low percentage, especially on the level of participation of women and youth. Voter turnout in cities was lower than in rural areas.

Although 22 percent of the candidates were young people, Ayman Bogattas, a member of the Election Commission, noted that there was a significant lack of voters in both the youth and women groups in the election. He attributed the country's economic and political conditions and accumulated previous election experiences to “a sense of betrayal and lack of trust… proposed election programs and false promises”.

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Nabil Balam, director of the Amrod Consulting Foundation for research and opinion polls, said weak participation was due to the “lack of political dialogue”, primarily responsible for the Tunisian citizen turnout rate. The short-lived elections have fueled resentment over the Tunisian citizenship issue.” Politics”, indicating lack of communication regarding elections.


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