One of the concerns ahead of elections were low voter turnout but already before the polling stations opened at 7 am people began to line up.
Some of the early voters…
Tunisian Islamist party leader Rachid Ghannouchi also cast his vote:
The national participation rate landed at an estimated 61%, defying earlier concerns of people boycotting the elections. Another big concern was security; an estimated 80,000 military and police personnel were deployed to protect the voting procedure.
Nos femmes qui protègent les élections #TnElecpic.twitter.com/xRmbcH2UJ3
— Fouilleurone (@khaledcoolone) October 26, 2014
Towards the end of the day many people praised the atmosphere and the procedure of the country:
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Civil society is all over these elections. Observers are doing a great job today! #TunisiaVotes— Nadia A. (@Naddo_O) October 26, 2014
One day, I will be telling my grandchildren a story about today... #history— Bassem Bouguerra (@tunisien) October 26, 2014
The preliminary result shows the two predicted political parties Ennahdha and Nidaa Tounes in the lead:
And here's some of the expat predictions: