Tunisian young people sit on a terrace on Habib Bourguiba Avenue on November 6, 2013 in Tunis.
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Tunisian young people sit on a terrace on Habib Bourguiba Avenue on November 6, 2013 in Tunis.
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Last updated: July 5, 2014

Tunisia keeps calm and uses technology to lure voters

Banner Icon Tunisia’s democratic transition continues to impress as Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announces that Tunisians living abroad can now register to vote – online.

The move is another positive step after the country finally managed to agree on two separate dates for the country’s upcoming elections. The parliamentary elections will be held on October 26 and the presidential vote on November 23, with a potential second round before the end of the year. The decision was taken after an extended debate where Islamist party Ennahda lobbied for having legislative elections first, while the opposition preferred to begin with the presidential vote.

However, ISIE will have busy days ahead. The body is now fighting against time and voter registration is currently underway. The country is offering the country’s around 8 million eligible voters to register via mobile phone by dialing *195*ID card number*registration center code#. And if not by SMS, registration can be done online or at a relevant office, reported Tunisia Live.

Since the ousting of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, the country has experienced a rocky democratic path but recent developments are resuming hope for the country’s future democratic stability.

Are you a Tunisian living abroad? The registration deadline is July 22. Check it out here.

You can also follow the work of ISIE on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

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