About 75% of young people and women do not want to participate in 2019 elections
07/01/2019 21:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – About 75% of young people and women do not want to participate in the 2019 parliamentary and presidential elections, according to the Vice-President of the Tunisian Women's Voters League Turkia Ben Khadher, during a hearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Women's Affairs, Family, Children and the Elderly.

She pointed out that this statistic is the result of a study conducted by the League with the "Atid" organisation on the basis of a random sample of all governorates, considering that this reluctance was mainly due to the lack of improvement in their social situation and disappointment at the failure of political parties to implement their electoral programmes.

Ben Khadher noted that about 67% of rural women are unaware of the 2018 municipal elections. In the same context, she added, the number of women who do not have a national identity card is 300,000.

Through a civil initiative, the League has launched a project to issue identity cards to 700 women.

The Vice-President of the Tunisian Women's Electoral League described the percentage of women's participation in municipal elections in 2018, which did not exceed 20%, as "political violence", noting that the proportion of women councillors in municipalities was also low and did not exceed 47%.

For her part, Aicha Belhassen, an expert from the Tunisian Women's League, noted that many irregularities had been observed during the last municipal elections, adding that they should not have occurred if dissuasive laws existed.

The study carried out by the League revealed confusion in the electoral calendar, which had a negative impact on the registration of women, as well as on the low presence of the female component in the subsidiary bodies of the elections.

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