Voter Registration Opens For Expatriates in Tunisia

Tunisia has opened the online voter registration to expatriates for the constitutional referendum scheduled for July 25.

According to the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), the voting registration should be done on its official website, and access to the registration will be limited to overseas Tunisians.

Expats can check their voter registration status and identify their polling stations online to prepare for the vote on July 23-25, said the ISIE.

Tunisian President Kais Saied declared last December that the referendum for a new constitution would be held in July 2022, followed by the parliamentary elections at the end of the year.

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The 25 July 2022 date, which Mr Saied had unilaterally set in December, was made official in a presidential decree “convening the electorate for a referendum on a draft new constitution for the Tunisian Republic”, published late on Wednesday in the Official Gazette.

Mr Saied, who was democratically elected in late 2019, assumed full power on July 25, 2021, sacking the prime minister and suspending the parliament dominated by the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party.

In a roadmap to get the country out of the political crisis, unveiled in December, Mr Saied had announced a referendum before a legislative session on December 17.

A popular online consultation organised between January and March, which was largely rejected, voted in favour of the establishment of a presidential system that Mr Saied is calling for.

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