‘Yes’ should win by a large majority

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“Yes” to Tunisia’s new constitution won a large majority, from “92 to 93%,” according to Sigma Council, based on a polling day. The participation rate was 27.5%, according to provisional official figures. The opposition had called for a boycott. The ISIE Electoral College announced a provisional turnout of 27.5%. The first official results are due to be announced on Tuesday.

With our special correspondent in Tunisia, Magali Lagrange

Horns, Tunisian flags, groups of dozens… Boulevard Bourguiba, in Tunis, becomes rather lively when polling stations close, Monday night at 10pm local time. They will not wait for the official results to declare victory. The Tunisian Electoral College (ISIE) announced a turnout of 27.5%, or approximately 2.5 million voters, a figure the ISIE chief considered highly respectable, but still provisional. ” Voters were on a date with history Farouk Bouaskar estimates.

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Counting is in progress, and it will then be necessary to group the numbers. The Sigma Council estimated, on the basis of polling at the exit of the polls, that the victory of the “yes” vote exceeds 90% for the constitutional change project that clearly enhances the powers of President Kais Saied, each year. Day after day of the suspension of the work of Parliament and the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi. The participation rate is around 28%. In a country going through an economic crisis and with an unemployment rate of nearly 40% among young people, Tunisians’ concerns may be elsewhere than politics.

Like them, some voters who gathered at polling stations in the capital, during the day, were convinced. Mrs. Barry, retired, returned from Djerba to vote.

With the 10 years we’ve had, it’s been pretty hellish for us…and then, we think about our kids. If there is something to save, we will save something. This other voter hesitated to put his ballot paper into the ballot box: I assure you, a quarter of an hour ago, I wasn’t sure to come. I came because I was afraid of what had happened in recent years. I am not convinced of everything that is happening on the opposition side, as well as on the presidential side. »

His wife and one of his three sons preferred to abstain, like the taxi driver who appears in his yellow forefinger without a trace of ink. ” If we crack everything every ten years, what will happen? He wonders.

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“We don’t stay in misery”

In Tadamon, a popular suburb of Tunis where our reporter went Omaima NichiQamra Hassan voted very early on in favor of the new constitution. This man in his seventies dreams of a better tomorrow for Tunisia: ” I hope they fix the country. Let them restore order, lest we remain in such misery. She hopes that President Kais Saied will have more power to fight unemployment and inequality: “ Life became more difficult. For the past 10 years, we’ve been tired, really tired. »

A successor came to him to vote on a new constitution that he had not read, but this pensioner wanted to support a head of state he considered clean: “ Very important, this referendum is a good thing. I hope Tunisia will come out better. »

On the contrary, many young people preferred to boycott the referendum process, which they consider arbitrary. This is the case of 27-year-old Sarah, who for her is just a referendum vote without a guarantee of independence: “ Who will guarantee that my ‘No’ vote won’t turn into a ‘Yes’? “Oppose this constitution, which you consider to be worrying about liberties and which would push the country into a hyper-presidential system:” I prefer to have a boycott. In any case, the number of electors is not representative and has never been. We will see later and we will resist. »

The constitution must enter into force if the majority of supporters win yes, regardless of turnout.

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