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Last updated: 27 October, 2014

Tunisian democracy continues to lead the way: Here’s some of the election chatter on Twitter

On Sunday Tunisians went to cast their vote in the first election since the new constitution and the second since the 2011 revolution overthrew former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

One of the concerns ahead of elections were low voter turnout but already before the polling stations opened at 7 am people began to line up.

Some of the early voters…

Tunisian Islamist party leader Rachid Ghannouchi also cast his vote:

The national participation rate landed at an estimated 61%, defying earlier concerns of people boycotting the elections. Another big concern was security; an estimated 80,000 military and police personnel were deployed to protect the voting procedure.

Towards the end of the day many people praised the atmosphere and the procedure of the country:

The preliminary result shows the two predicted political parties Ennahdha and Nidaa Tounes in the lead:

And here’s some of the expat predictions: