Tunisia could hold the second round of its presidential elections on December 14, provided that appeals lodged against the results of the first round were withdrawn
World Bulletin/News Desk
The head of Tunisia's election commission Chafiq Sarsar on Saturday said that his country could hold the second round of its presidential elections on December 14, provided that appeals lodged against the results of the first round were withdrawn.
"The second round of the elections can be held on December 14 if news about an agreement for withdrawing appeals against the results of the first round proved to be true," Sarsar told The Anadolu Agency.
Earlier in the day, the head of the Ennahda Movement, Rashid al-Ghannoushi, said that he had met with interim president and presidential candidate Moncef Marzouki in an attempt to persuade him to withdraw an appeal he lodged against the results of the first round of the country's presidential elections.
"Before Saturday's national dialogue meeting, I met with Marzouki at the request of the dialogue's four sponsors to convince him to withdraw the appeal he filed against the results of the first round of the polls," Ghannouchi said a statement to the local press.
The four sponsors of the dialogue initiative are the Tunisian General Labor Union; the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights; the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union; and the National Bar Association.
On Friday, Marzouki lodged an appeal against the results of the first round of the Sunday presidential polls with the country's electoral commission.
The move has led to the postponement of the second-round of the vote to December 21 or 28, instead of December 14 as initially planned.
The second-round of the vote will be held on either December 21 or 28, depending on the court verdict, according to election commission member Nabil Bafoon.
The second round will see Marzouki contesting Tunisia's top spot with Beji Caid Essebsi, the leader of the centrist Nidaa Tounes Party, who clinched some 1.9 million votes (39.4 percent) in the first round, while Marzouki won 1.1 million votes (33.4 percent).