Preparations are underway for Tunisia’s parliamentary elections

On December 17, Tunisia will hold legislative elections. This is where members of the electoral commission prepare and check ballots and ballot boxes. With only one day to go before Tunisians abroad head to the polls to cast their ballots for their future parliamentary representatives.

More than 1,000 candidates are running for office, even though most political parties have urged a boycott of the elections. Since President Kais Saied’s forceful coup last July, they believe that their role has been greatly diminished. The new parliament will have 161 members, but its powers will be very limited.

In addition to the political uncertainty, Tunisia is suffering from a severe financial crisis, leading to severe shortages of basic items (sugar, milk, rice, etc.) over the last few months and an inflation rate of 9.8%, the latest official data.