On Monday, January 23, 2012, Houda Zaibi, Vice President of the Ligue des electrices tunnisienes (LET) spoke to staff and members of the League of Women Voters of the United states about the recent elections in Tunisia and about the work being carried out by the members of LET.
Houda explained that LET was the first civil society organization in Tunisia to be credited as an official election observer by the Tunisia’s election commission, the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE).
The results of the October 23 election to elect members to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) were as follows: Islamist party, Ennahda, won 89 out of 217 seats, the Congrès pour la République party, won 29 seats, the Al Aridha (Popular Petition) party received 26 seats, the Ettakatol party received 20 seats, and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) received 16 seats. Other lists received fewer than 10 seats apiece. Women won 49 seats, out of 217 seats.
The NCA is charged with drafting a new constitution for the country, heralding the birth of the second republic and it is expected that they will complete this task in one year.
Of 8,289,924 eligible voters, 4,308,888 cast votes – a turnout of 52 percent (54.1 percent in-country and 29.8 percent abroad).
LET has begun a 12-month schedule of seminars, conferences and workshops to:
- consolidate women leaders’ capacities in communication and advocates of women’s rights
- establish an exchange platform among women leaders and civil society
- enhance the capacity of LET members’ on political issues, human rights and gender issues
- reinforce capacities of women’s rights by focusing on the Code of Personal Status (CPS), on International Conventions and in particular CEDAW.
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