Long queues at almost all polling stations indicated this was a special election in Tunisia. Officials claim the turnout in the country’s first free vote was more than 90 per cent – unheard of in the majority of long established democracies.
Euronews’ reporter in Tunis, Sami Fradi said that the huge turnout throughout the historic election day saw voters of all ages… making it a truly popular vote.
Sunday’s poll was for an assembly to draft a new constitution to replace the one ousted President Ben Ali manipulated for decades and to elect an interim government.
Independent observers said the election was conducted without problems with no evidence of ballot rigging.
Gabriele Albertini who is Head of the European Parliament delegation said:
“People’s faces sometimes tell more than the whole procedure. There’s serenity and joy at the same time. A few times I saw people – young and not so young – with the tears in their eyes.”
The moderately Islamist Ennahda party is expected to win the largest slice of the assembly but not enough for a majority, forcing it to seek a coalition. First results are due out some time tomorrow.