Tunisia’s early presidential election to be held on September 15

The early presidential election will take place on September 15, 2019, and nominations for the presidential election will be open from August 2 to 9, President of the Independent High Authority for Election (ISIE), Nabil Baffoun told reporters on Tuesday evening.

Baffoun noted that the list of selected candidates will be announced no later than Wednesday, August 14. ISIE will have to announce the final list of selected candidates by August 31, 2019, as he met the press in the ISIE premises.

The presidential election campaign is due to start on September 2 September 13 at midnight, with electoral silence set for Saturday, September 14 at midnight until the last polling station closes, he said.

The overseas election campaign will begin on Saturday, August 31 and end on Wednesday, September 11 at midnight with the vote of Tunisians abroad on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 13, 14 and 15. The period of electoral silence outside the Republic is set for Thursday, September 12, until the closing of the last polling station.

The preliminary results of the presidential election will be announced on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The final results will be announced after the appeals expire on Monday, October 21, 2019. The election period extends until the announcement of the final results of the first presidential election.

The President of ISIE clarified that in the event that none of the candidates obtains an absolute majority of votes in the first round, a second round will be held within two weeks of the announcement of the final results of the first round. The dates of the second round of the presidential election are fixed by a decision taken immediately after the announcement of the final results of the first election.

Baffoun said that the ISIE will announce the final voters’ lists for the presidential elections no later than Thursday, August 1.

ISIE had decided to hold the early presidential election after the death of President Béji Caid Essebsi on July 25.


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