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Tunisia holds election dry run, calls it a success

Tunisia s electoral commission ran a test vote on Sunday which it declared a success one week before historic elections in the country that launched the Arab Spring revolts.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2011 01:27 IST

Tunisia s electoral commission ran a test vote on Sunday which it declared a success one week before historic elections in the country that launched the Arab Spring revolts.

The ISIE election body chose La Fayette polling station in central Tunis for the dry run, an area where some 80 lists of candidates will vie next week for membership of an assembly that will write a new constitution for the country.

“The test will allow us to see if there are any problems and to fix them so that we can hold elections in the best possible conditions “ said ISIE member Larbi Chouika adding she was relieved at the outcome.

About 60 “voters” were given ballot papers for the test; a big piece of paper with the names and logos of each of the contenders and a blank box to be marked or not.

With electoral agents guiding the process 35-year-old Basma is the first to have her identity checked before disappearing into a polling booth and re-emerging to drop her paper in the ballot box.Closely watched by a group of journalists Basma took her role seriously. “I feel like I really voted “ she said refusing to divulge her choice. “It is personal.”Some 7.3 million voters will have the opportunity to elect 217 members of the constituent assembly out of 10 000 candidates.