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Tunisian main Islamist party Ennahdha dominates in early election results

(Xinhua)

08:58, October 26, 2011

TUNIS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Official preliminary results released by the higher independent election commission (ISIE) on Tuesday afternoon, confirmed the domination of the country's main Islamist party, Ennahdha, in the elections for the country's Constituent Assembly.

Ennahdha already claimed victory on Monday, after preliminary results credited the Islamist party with 30 to 40 percent of the seats in the country's Constitutional Assembly.

Polls were closed on Sunday and the counting was still ongoing. Results will be announced on Tuesday evening. The delay was attributed to the lengthy counting and transmission process.

During a press conference on Tuesday, a spokesman for ISIE said that eventual cases of electoral fraud are currently being investigated, adding that according to the existing regulations, the exclusion of eventual lists could only be pronounced in cases where votes were bought for money.

Some 400 protestors gathered before the Congress Palace in Tunis on Tuesday afternoon, calling on the ISIE to investigate alleged irregularities by some parties during the Sunday vote, Radio Mosaique FM reported.

On Monday, nearly 100 protestors gathered in the same place to protest alleged "irregularities" by Ennahdha.

On Tuesday, the head of the European Union election monitoring mission in Tunis, Michael Gahler, said that the irregularities noticed in polling stations were "insignificant" and would have no effect on the electoral process.

He said the EU mission's evaluation was positive in 97 percent of the 1,649 polling stations visited. The mission's final report is due to be released soon.

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