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IFES Releases Report on Tunisia’s Legal Framework of Campaign Finance Mechanisms

April 22, 2015

In April 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems released a report assessing the legal framework of campaign finance mechanisms for the 2014 legislative and presidential elections in Tunisia.

Tunisia’s Election Commission Releases Final Report on Historic 2014 Elections

April 15, 2015

On December 21, 2014, Tunisian citizens cast their ballots in the second round of the presidential elections; the third and final election of the 2014 electoral period. The first election was held on October 26, when citizens voted into office 217 members of a new Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP), a new permanent legislative body. On November 23, ballots were cast in a first-round presidential election without any candidate winning an absolute majority, leading to a run-off vote. One day after the December 21 run-off presidential elections, official results were released and a new President was elected to office. The 2014 elections were the second series since the 2011 revolution, which swept away over 23 years of dictatorship under Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Strategic Planning for Effective Electoral Management in Tunisia

March 02, 2015

On February 24, 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a presentation at the headquarters of Tunisia’s election management body (EMB), the Independent High Authority for Elections (or Instance Supérieure Indépendente pour les Élections [ISIE]), on “Strategic Planning for Effective Electoral Management.” IFES Senior Consultant on Strategic Planning, and former Chief of Party for IFES Egypt, Antonio Spinelli led the presentations and provided an introduction to main concepts, elements, and methodologies of strategic planning based on his experience writing the IFES guide Strategic Planning for Effective Electoral Management and working with other election commissions throughout the world.

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Transparency in Tunisia: The ISIE’s Media Center

December 18, 2014

During any democratic election, the need for transparency and up-to-date information is paramount to the credibility of the vote. As Election Day looms in any country, an election management body (EMB) faces increased scrutiny from local and international journalists and observers. What is more, EMBs are ultimately accountable to provide citizens with accurate information. The need for a transparent and credible avenue for information dissemination grows even more intense on Election Day and during the results tabulation process. To address this challenge, EMBs have increasingly utilized Media Centers to serve as a focal point for communication with the media and other relevant stakeholders. The importance of transparency and information dissemination is particularly pronounced in States, like Tunisia, conducting elections during democratic transitions. Since 2011, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has supported the Tunisian Independent High Authority for Elections’ (ISIE) Media Centers during the country’s important democratic transition.

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Tunisians Proud to Vote in an Historic Presidential Election

November 24, 2014

On November 23, 2014, Tunisians went to the polls for the first direct election of a President in the country’s history. During this historic day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) visited polling stations and witnessed the professional, efficient conduct of the election. While the official results have yet to be announced, participation was high across the country; the High Independent Authority on Elections (ISIE) announced that voter turnout reached 64.6 percent.


Throughout Tunisia, voters brought their children with them as they voted, demonstrating their confidence in the security of the polls. When the polls opened at 8 a.m., IFES witnessed the celebratory, exhilarating atmosphere, as Tunisians quickly entered Polling Centers to cast their vote and exercise their fundamental human right: to have a say in how they are governed. Click through this gallery to see images from Tunisia’s momentous Election Day.

Tunisia Reopens Media Center for Presidential Elections

November 21, 2014

On November 20, 2014, Tunisia’s High Independent Authority for Elections (ISIE) held a press conference to reopen its Media Center for the November 23 presidential election. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) worked closely with its ISIE partners in conceptualizing and creating the Center for the October parliamentary elections and the November presidential vote. The Media Center serves as a platform for the ISIE to communicate election related information to citizens, journalists, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders. It also brings transparency and credibility to the election process. Click through this photo gallery to see the impressive and important results of this effort.


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Elections in Tunisia: 2014 Presidential Election

November 18, 2014

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring was sparked in Tunisia and much of the region, Tunisians head to the polls on November 23 to elect their next President.

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Poll Worker Trainings ahead of Tunisia’s Parliamentary Elections

October 28, 2014

On September 30 and October 1, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), in partnership with the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the Tunisian election management body, the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), organized a training of over 300 master trainers on the procedures for operating polling stations in the parliamentary elections on October 26. This training is the first of three levels in a cascade training plan created by the ISIE’s Training Department with support from IFES. The participants travelled from all 27 electoral districts in Tunisia to Hammamet, where the training took place.

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Elections in Tunisia: October 26 Parliamentary Election

October 20, 2014

With conflict consuming the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisian citizens will head to the polls on October 26 to vote for their members of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP). Tunisia's relatively peaceful transition has been a bright spot in the Arab world and these elections will be closely watched, with important implications for democratic progress in the country.

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