Tunisia has opened the online voter registration to expatriates for the constitutional referendum scheduled for July 25, the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) said on Monday.

According to ISIE, the voting registration should be done on its official website, and access to the registration will be limited to overseas Tunisians.

The voters can check their registration status and identify their polling stations online to prepare for the vote on July 23-25, said the ISIE.

Tunisian President Kais Saied declared last December that the referendum for a new constitution would be held in July 2022, followed by the parliamentary elections at the end of the year.

Kais Saied last Wednesday issued a decree to call voters to a referendum on a new constitution on July 25, the official gazette said, ignoring the opposition’s calls to reverse the controversial move.

The gazette added that polling will start at 6 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. on July 25.

Saied, who took executive power and dissolved parliament to rule by decree, has since said he will replace the democratic 2014 constitution with a new constitution via referendum and hold new parliamentary elections in December.

The president’s opponents accuse him of a coup that has undermined the democratic gains of the 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab spring, but he says his moves were legal and needed to save Tunisia from a prolonged political crisis.

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