Tunisia Municipality Elections 2018: What you need to know

  • Low turnout of 33.7% suggests widespread apathy.


  • Nahda were, and remain, the biggest advocates of local elections as they are the most organised at grassroots level with very little competition from other, more nascent, parties.


  • Calls for a boycott of the elections on the grounds of an absence of a clear election law by parties such as Tayyar al-Mahabba appears to have had some traction.


  • Notable absence of young voters despite incentives to vote including discounts at shops for those who proved they had voted.


  • General acceptance of parties that elections more a rebuke than show of support. Results do not give an indication of how the general elections of 2019 are likely to play out.


  • Widespread discontent with protests across central regions in schools and government buildings; notably in Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine and Kairouan.