Tunisians Proud to Vote in a Historic Presidential Election
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.