More than 7 million Tunisian voters will go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president from among 24 candidates, most notably former defense minister Abdelkrim Zubeidi and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.
The presidential elections were premature, which was decided by the Electoral Commission following the announcement of the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi on July 25, no later than 90 days after the interim president took office.
Campaigning for candidates for the Tunisian presidential election stopped yesterday and the country entered the stage of electoral silence before the date of the vote, where the Electoral Commission began the distribution of 14 thousand ballot boxes to 4564 polling stations in the presidential elections, which is open to all possibilities, according to many political analysts and observers of the Tunisian affairs.
Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled al-Hayouni announced today that some 70,000 national security personnel and 30,000 soldiers will take over tomorrow to secure presidential elections in various Tunisian states.
Voting began to pick a new president out of the country on Thursday in Europe, the Arab states, the United States and Australia, to which more than 386,000 voters have been invited, with a three-day vote.
Nabil Boufoun, head of the Higher Electoral Commission in Tunisia, said in remarks published today that "the turnout abroad is not usually the same as inside Tunisia and we are so far within the equations between seven and ten percent and we hope that this percentage will be greater tomorrow," pointing out that the Commission provided all means to facilitate the process There are 384 polling stations in Tunisia and there are polling stations in the most remote part of the world.
Tunisia's 24 presidential candidates ran in the final race of their campaign, which was marked by a sharp campaign ahead of Sunday's polling, which is open to all possibilities, as Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the center of the capital became a political bazaar where party meetings were held for a number of candidates.
Many believe that the campaigns of candidates did not include proposals and real solutions to the economic and social crisis in the country, especially with regard to unemployment and inflation, which remains stable at 7 percent, in addition to the decline in the fight against terrorism in the campaigns in favor of living concerns.
The counting will take place at each polling station. Non-governmental organizations and polling centers are expected to publish their preliminary forecasts.
If none of the candidates receives a majority of 50 percent plus one vote, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will move to the second round, where the final word will remain for the Tunisian people to determine their next president.
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