No Tunisia expat polling in Libya, Iraq, Syria

Commission spokesman Lasaad bin Ahmed attributed the decision to deteriorating security conditions in the three countries in question

No Tunisia expat polling in Libya, Iraq, Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisians living in Libya, Syria and Iraq will not be able to cast ballots Tunisian presidential and parliamentary polls slated for later this year, according to the country's election commission.

Commission spokesman Lasaad bin Ahmed on Friday attributed the decision to deteriorating security conditions in the three countries in question.

According to Tunisia's state-run Expatriates Office, roughly 68,952 Tunisian nationals currently live in Libya, 1,800 in Syria, and 233 in Iraq.

Around 5.2 million Tunisians are registered to vote in the upcoming polls, 63 percent of whom are between 18 and 40 years of age.

Tunisia's constituent assembly has set October 26 for the date of parliamentary polls and November 23 for the first round of presidential elections.

There are 190 licensed political parties in Tunisia, most of which emerged following the 2011 popular uprising that ended the 23-year rule of autocratic president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

 

Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2014, 22:54
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