Parliamentary Chamber: Majlis Al-Nuwab


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  Majlis Al-Nuwab

Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  20 March 1994

Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members’ term of office.

Background and outcome of elections:

  On 27 December 1992, President of the Republic Zine el Abidine Ben Ali announced that the next presidential and parliamentary elections would take place in March 1994 and introduce political pluralism in the Chamber of Deputies. The exact date was ultimately set on 7 November 1993.

The campaign lasted from 6 to 18 March. As a result of the new Electoral Law (mentioned above), six legally-constituted opposition parties challenged the ruling Democratic Constitutional Rally (Rassemblement constitutionnel démocratique – RCD), which held all the seats in the outgoing Parliament. On the other hand, the Islamist Al-Nahda party was proscribed from running. Altogether some 630 candidates were in contention for the enlarged Chamber’s 163 seats but these did not include some 60% of the RCD incumbents who did not seek re-election. Mr. Ben Ali was the sole presidential candidate. He underlined the country’s economic growth and general stability under his administration.

Polling day, monitored by foreign observers, saw a high voter turnout and a total RCD triumph for the 144 constituency seats as some opposition groups alleged electoral fraud. The 19 “national” seats were allotted to four parties, topped by the Mouvement des Démocrates socialistes (MDS). Mr. Ben Ali, for his part, was re-elected President for a second five-year mandate with 99% of the votes.

Round no 1 (20 March 1994): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 2,976,366
Voters 2,841,557 (95.47%)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 8,686
Valid votes 2,832,871

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Votes %
Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) 2,768,667 97.73
Democratic Socialist Movement (MDS) 30,660 1.08
Renovation Movement 11,299 .40
Unionist Democratic Union (UDU) 9,152 .32
Popular Unity Party (PUP) 8,391 .29
Social Party for Progress (PSP) 1,892 .07
Progressive Socialist Assembly (RSP) 1,749 .06
Independents 1,061 .04

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) 144
Democratic Socialist Movement (MDS) 10
Renovation Movement 4
Unionist Democratic Union (UDU) 3
Popular Unity Party (PUP) 2
Social Party for Progress (PSP) 0
Progressive Socialist Assembly (RSP) 0
Independents 0

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 152
Women: 11

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