Significant increase in people registering to vote in Tunisia

14:11, August 04, 2011      

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The number of people who have registered to vote for the country's Constitutional Assembly has increased to 27 percent of those eligible, the official press agency TAP reported on Wednesday, quoting a statement by the head of the commission in charge of the elections.

Last week, only 16 percent of eligible voters registered in the country's 400 registering offices, prompting authorities to postpone the registration deadline to August 14.

On Tuesday, about 2.236 million people registered for the elections, out of 7.8 million eligible for voting.

The head of the independent election commission, Kamel Jendoubi said he was satisfied with the significant increase in the number of those who registered, hoping that more people would register before the second deadline on August 14.

Elections for the country's 217 member Constituent Assembly are expected to take place on October 23.

The assembly will be tasked with drafting a new constitution for the North African country, following the fleeing of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to Saudi Arabia and the subsequent collapse of his regime.



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