Democracy in Tunisia: the emergency situation and upcoming elections

The national consultation that concluded on the 20th of March 2022, celebrating the day of Independence in Tunisia, has been applauded worldwide for its participatory approach. The consultation has been considered as the first step in the President’s attempt for constitutional reforms. The Tunisians voiced their opinion on the future of their country, concerning economics, politics and social problems.

Out of the 12 million electorates, only 500.000 ( less than 6% ) participated in the consultation, where stark gender imbalance was reflected, by less than 30% of women respondents.

The consultation serves as the basis for constitutional amendments that will be voted on during a referendum scheduled for next July. The new legislative elections are announced to be held in December 2022. Officially ending the state of emergency.

The President had declared a state of emergency in Tunisia following mass demonstration during which the population denounced the worsening economic and sanitary crisis. Since it’s start, several civil society organizations have shared their concerns and argued that the emergency situation cannot undermine democracy and civil rights, and freedom of expression in Tunisia. However activists also take this as an opportunity that will help to consolidate democracy and promote women’s rights and equality moving forward in Tunisia.