Tunisia: low turnout of military, police at municipal vote

First administrative vote since uprising, citizens on May 6

30 April, 12:25

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, APRIL 30 - Turnout of military and security personnel at the first municipal elections since the 2011 uprising reached 12%, the president of the Superior independent commission for elections (Isie), Mohamed Tlili Mansri, has said. He added that 4,492 soldiers and policemen out of a total of 36,495 cast their ballots on Sunday to elect their representatives.

    The governorate of Monastir registered the highest turnout (23%) while 11 districts did not register any voter. Voters can cast their ballots on May 6.

    Soldiers and security officials voted for the first time yesterday in the history of the Tunisian Republic. They were granted the right under a law approved on January 31, 2017, after a harsh debate focusing on the political bipartisanship of military and security personnel. The issue is still open.

    Local analysts have said that turnout will be interpreted either as a sign of confidence or lack of trust by citizens towards the political class that will rethink the role of political parties in the event of low turnout. The electoral campaign will end on May 4 at midnight. The ballots of security personnel will be counted together with the other ones after May 6. (ANSAmed).

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