No delay for elections


The interim government has rejected requests by the electoral commission to delay democratic elections until October from their 24th July date.

The move follows widespread concern at a possible delay. A Sigma Survey showed that just 33% of voters were in favour of a delay to October. Three of the largest political parties had also come out against any delay, these were al-Nahda, the largest Islamic party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Ettajdid, a former communist party.

Those in favour of the 24th July date have urged the interim government to give the electoral commission the resources needed to meet the July deadline.

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