Tunisia’s Electoral Authority Launches Preparations for 2019 Vote

Tunisia’s Electoral Authority Launches Preparations for 2019 Vote

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 - 10:15
A Tunisian woman voter showcases her ink-stained finger after voting in municipal elections in May. (AFP)
Tunis - al-Munji Saidani
Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections kicked off preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for November 2019 after overcoming internal differences and political obstacles.

Tunisia’s election commission, notably, relieved its chairman, Mohamed al-Mansri, of his duties in May.

Member of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) Nabil Bafoun announced the preparations for the 2019 vote on Monday.

He expected a strategy roadmap to be ready by the end of October, including the budget balance sheet for both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

In announcing this step, the electoral commission blocked French media leaks that spoke of political instability that suggested that President Beji Caid Essebsi could possibly postpone the presidential and parliamentary elections to 2021.

Several political parties are expected to announce their candidates for the elections.

The Ennahda Movement has not yet named a candidate for the presidential polls.

Meanwhile, Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes called for an early party conference that would “continue building the party’s democratic foundations.”

The party emerged as the victor in the 2014 elections.

The conference is expected to produce an elected political leadership to run in the 2019 elections.

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