Tunisia presidential runoff initial turnout at 14%

Ghada Atef , Sunday 21 Dec 2014

Electoral Commission says 14.04% of Tunisians have voted during the first hours of polling

People wait in line outside a polling station to vote in Sousse December 21, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Turnout in the Tunisian presidential runoff was 14.04% during the first hours of voting, according to the electoral commission.

The Independent High Electoral Commission (Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections – ISIE) held its first press conference at its headquarters to announce the initial turnout.

Tunisians headed early Sunday to polling stations to elect their first president after a four-year transition period. The runoff is between the Beiji Caid Essebsi, 88, the former Ben Ali's regime figure who won 39 percent in the first round, and the 69-year current president, Moncef Marzouki, who won 33 percent.

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