Tunisia: Online consultation – More than 500,000 participants, politics takes the lead – UPD 1

Tunis/Tunisia — The national online consultation announced by the President of the Republic on December 13 to sound out public opinion on the reforms ended on March 20.

The electronic platform saw the participation of 534,915 people (366,210 men and 168,705 women), according to the figures.

The 30-39 age group leads the ranking with the highest participation rate (25.6%), while those under 20 are the last with 2.3%.

Political issues are of paramount importance (19.7%), while cultural and educational issues occupy last place (15.3%). The rates of interaction with the other themes are as follows: economic issues (17.2%), social affairs (16.5%), quality of life (15.5%) and sustainable development (15.7%).

The governorate of Tunis comes first with 54,124 participants, shows the geographical distribution. The lowest participation rate was recorded in Tataouine (5,051 participants). As for Tunisian expatriates, France comes first with 3,340 participants.

The President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed declared in a speech delivered on Sunday evening as Tunisia celebrated the 66th anniversary of its independence that this consultation is “the first step in the process towards national dialogue”. The consultation is a success, he said, despite “attempts to discourage people from expressing their will”.

The Head of State also mentioned the events to come, in particular the holding of a referendum on 25th July next and legislative elections on 17th December.

The results of the national consultation will be synthesized in order to make proposals that will find their form in legal texts drawn up by a committee, Saied said on December 13.

Political observers said the consultation fell short of expectations for massive turnout.

Although there were various reactions to the consultation, most political parties and social actors called for an inclusive national dialogue to address Tunisia’s political situation, the necessary economic reforms and the calendar of events to come. to come.

Parties that supported the consultation include the Alliance for Tunisia, the Popular Movement (al-Chaab), the Tunisia Forward Movement and the Popular Current. They all hailed it as a useful mechanism for sounding out public opinion and involving it in decision-making and reform proposals.

Other political parties and actors expressed their total rejection of this decision and of the July 25 process. These are mainly Ennahdha, the Coordination of Democratic Parties, the Citizens Against the Putsch initiative and the Destourian Free Party. They question the credibility of the consultation and say that it is a tool used by the president to implement a personal and unilateral political project.