Lessons learned from the legislative elections in Tunisia, a presentation held by Dr. Nizam Assaf.

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.

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