On December the 2nd, the Egyptian organization of human rights, in cooperation with IREX, the international research exchanges board, invited the director of the ACHRS, dr. Nizam Assaf, to hold a presentation (in cairo?) on the lessons learned from the recent parliamentary elections in Tunisia (11/2014) which were observed by the director.
Some of the lessons learned from these elections included the observation that:
- The elections in Tunisia were observed by a truly independent electoral commission, with strong supervision by international observers.
- The election was in the main free and fair, with little external pressure on voters or flaws in the election system.
- The political parties who partook in the elections showed a dignified in defeat, with the losing parties acceptant of defeat, an attitude uncommon for losing parties in Arab states.
- Young people, disillusioned by the poor economic circumstances of the country during the time of the election, largely abstained from voting (less than 50%). This is perhaps attributable to the fact that many young people saw non-voting as a way of voicing their protest.
- The women vote was larger than the men vote (50.5%)
- The proportional system ensured that a larger number of parties were able to enter parliament, a total of 17 representative of different factions in society.
- The system also ensured that lists presented by the parties for election had to alternate between men and women equally in the order of candidature. This resulted in a total of 68 out of 217 seats going to women parliamentarians.