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Rate of registered to vote for Constituent Assembly reaches 16% to July 29

Published the:  29/07/2011

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July 29, 2011 - TAP - "Only 16% of the total number of Tunisians holders of identity cards have registered to vote for the Constituent Assembly", Chairman of the Higher Independent Authority for Elections (HIAE) Kamel Jendoubi said at a news conference held on Friday.
Four days before the closing of registration offices, one million 350 thousand voters have registered since the start of the registration on July 11.
Chairman of the HIAE also pointed to the low rate of registered women (13%) while men's rate is 20%.
Most of the registered belong to the age bracket (30-41 years).
"This situation is below what is hoped-for", said Kamel Jendoubi, since measures have been taken to move still closer to citizens, including the use of mobile offices or also establishment of a specific mechanism to help Tunisian expats holidaying in Tunisia to register on site.
Mr. Kamel Jendoubi did not deny the existence of some difficulties in the work of regional authorities of elections and registration offices, considering that the country is not used to this kind of situation and that this "does not diminish the work accomplished by the authority whose major goal remains the success of the election of next October 23, away from any political consideration".
He also reminded that the authority has decided to receive, as of July 27, applications of Tunisian and foreign observers to attend different stages of the electoral process.
He said that the authority is fully ready to co-operate with all observers who will be selected on the basis of international criteria and a code of ethics of observers which it has prepared.