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Municipal Elections: “very low” turnout of female military and security personnel

The turnout rate of female voters, among military and security personnel in the municipal elections last April 29 was very low as it failed to surpass 1% in different electoral districts, founding member of the Tunisian Women Voters League (French: LET) Anouar Mansri indicated.

Speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday, Mansri indicated that the league has revealed some attempts made by candidate lists to influence female security and military personnel outside the polling stations.

The rate of women among the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE)’s staff as presidents or members of polling stations was also low, she noted. Female security and military personnel were few in securing these stations.

On her part, LET President Turkia Chebbi indicated that observers of the electoral campaign have revealed some aspects of political violence against women in terms of discrimination between both sexes.

Political violence is any act aiming to prevent women from exercising their political right within parties or associations or even to prevent them from carrying out their political rights, including notably voting, standing candidate and observation, she pointed out.

Source: TAP News Agency

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