- Title: Voting ends in Tunisian presidential election runoff
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: TUNIS, TUNISIA (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** POLLING STATION VOLUNTEER CLOSING POLLING STATION DOOR, BALLOT BOX ON TABLE POLLING STATION VOLUNTEER OPENING LID OF BALLOT BOX, EMPTYING CONTENTS ONTO TABLE VARIOUS OF BALLOTS ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VOTER, HAJAR ROSHDY, SAYING: "We have to improve the social standing of citizens so that it can become as good as it once was, and improve the economic situation to take our place among other countries. (We want) the betterment of Tunisia, and for it to be better than before." VOTER, HAJAR ROSHDY, DIPPING FINGER IN INDELIBLE INK ROSHDY CASTING HER VOTE ANOTHER VOTER CASTING HIS VOTE VOTER REGISTRATION FORM (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMS AT INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE, SCOTT MASTIC, SAYING: "We are not receiving any reports from our observers that suggest to us that there are great administrative flaws with the process. If anything I would say that the fact that the election commission has conducted now three elections in a row, in a very short time period, suggest to me that the election workers are getting fairly well practised in the administering the process. But, as I say, there is this interesting overlay that is a cause for concern, that is the fact that there are questions about whether the playing field provided an opportunity for each of the two contestants to compete on equal footing." VARIOUS OF BALLOT BOX BEING SEALED ELECTION OBSERVER LOOKING AT PAPER PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE POLLING STATION
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 18:41
- Keywords: Tunis Tunisia presidential election Kais Saied Nabil Karoui
- Location: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- City: TUNIS, TUNISIA
- Country: Tunisia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0XJU4N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tunisians voted for their next president on Sunday (October 13) in the last round of a series of elections that have tested the young democracy.
Voting ended at 1700 GMT and a first exit poll was expected at 1900 GMT.
The runoff presidential election pitted Kais Saied, an independent retired law professor, against Nabil Karoui, a media mogul facing corruption allegations, after they won more votes than any of the other 24 candidates in the first round last month.
Preliminary turnout figures suggested Sunday's contest had grabbed the public imagination more than either September's first round vote or a parliamentary election a week ago.
At 1430 GMT on Sunday, turnout was 39.2% according to the electoral commission. By comparison, on the day of the first round vote it said that turnout at 1400 GMT was 27.8%.
Tunisia's Mosaique FM radio cited an exit poll by the polling company Emrod as giving Kais Saied 72.53% of votes.
(Production: Sayed Sheasha, Seham Eloraby)
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