POLLS IN TUNISIA STARTED THIS MORNING WITHOUT INCIDENT
Last Updated: 2014-10-26
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TUNIS, Tunisia, Oct 26 (NNN-TAP) - "Polls in Tunisia will start, Oct 26 at 07.00 a.m. up to 06.00 p.m. without interruption," the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) announced.

In a news release, Saturday, ISIE says that voters should check their polling station and rank on electoral lists, to facilitate the ballot operation, recalling that all voters could but vote in the polling station in which he is registered.

"The voter could check his registration, free of charge, by introducing his identity card number or passport on the platform "touenssa.isie.tn" for Tunisians living abroad, or by dialing *195*CIN# for voters in Tunisia," the same source adds.

ISIE also specified that there is no automatic registration for the 2014 legislative and presidential elections, in compliance with the electoral law that requires voluntary registration to vote.

Heads of a mission of international observers of the Oct 26 legislative elections expressed enthusiasm at following the elections, describing them as "very important" for Tunisians and all the region.

This mission, stemming from the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR) and the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), counts 80 observers representing 52 nationalities, who are divided into 16 teams over 16 governorates (75% of polling stations), under the supervision of GNRD President, Louay Al-Joundi.

The mission, who arrived in Tunisia three weeks ago, have already started work, which consists of following the electoral operation, namely, the voters' registration, the electoral campaign, the role of media in the presentation of candidates and the poll.

It will devise a preliminary report directly after the elections and a final report two months after the proclamation of results, which evaluates the elections' compliance with the Tunisian election laws in force and international standards.

IIPJHR Director, Jean-François Fechino, estimated that "the legislative elections are very important for Tunisians and the nascent democracy."

For his part, Louay Al-Joundi pointed out the importance of the Tunisian experience for the other countries of the region.-- NNN-TAP