- Presidential elections in Tunisia, sharp decline in turnout
Share15 September 2019Without waiting for the official results of the presidential elections in Tunisia, the first exit polls of the company Sigma Conseil give the independent jurist Kais Said the head with 19.5% of the votes followed by the tycoon Nabil Karoui with 15.5%, who they would go to the ballot. Karoui has been in prison since August 23 on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.
In third place was the candidate of the Islamic party Ennhadha, Abdelfattah Mourou, with 11.0%, followed by the resigning Defense Minister, Abdelkarim Zbidi, with 9.4%, the outgoing Prime Minister Youssef Chahed with 7.5% and the journalist and writer Safi Said with 7.4%.
High turnout rate
The presidential participation rate will be around 40% in Tunisia and 20% abroad. This was stated by Nabil Baffoun, president of the independent top election commission (Isie) which oversees the entire electoral machine. In 2014, the turnout in the first round of the presidential elections was 64.6%.