MICT Assists Tunisia’s Voters
In late 2014 MICT was a member of the team of experts that put together the Ikthiar vote matching project for Tunisia’s upcoming Parliamentary elections and Presidential elections.

The concept was based on a popular idea first developed in 1989 by the Dutch Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek that was called Vote Match. Since 1998 similar applications have gone online in various nations, mostly in Europe, but also in South Korea and Bhutan. MICT produced its first Electionnaire for Iraqi voters in 2005.

Using an online survey, Tunisian voters could answer 30 questions on the website and were then able to see which parties hold similar or different positions to themselves. Of course, voters were not supposed to vote just according to this result. Rather, the tool offered them greater background information before they go to the ballot box on October 26, 2014 and to vote for the country’s President in late November.

The last vote matching survey MICT helped to produce in Tunisia in 2011 was a success, garnering around 60,000 unique users.

Among other partners in the project, MICT is working together with GIZ, the German Society for International Cooperation, and local organisation, Jeunes Independants Democrates Tunisia.