Turnout Tunisia’s municipal elections jumps to 33.7 pct

TUNIS, Voters turnout in Tunisian municipal elections has risen to 33.7 percent, the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) has announced.

“Out of a total of 5,369,862 voters, 1,796,154 went to the polls Sunday,” ISIE President Mohamed Tlili Mnasri said at a press briefing Sunday evening.

He noted that that highest turnout was recorded in the Monastir constituency (47 percent), while the lowest was registered in the Tunis I constituency (26 percent).

Meanwhile, the state TV reported that an unofficial exit poll had shown that the Islamist-oriented Ennahda movement came first with 27.5 percent of the votes followed by the ruling Nidaa Tounes Party with 22.5 percent.

There are around 5.3 million eligible voters in Tunisia, with over 57,000 candidates, 50 percent of whom are women and youth, competing over 350 municipal councils nationwide.

Source: Kuwait News Agency