Neither of the two main candidates is likely to win an outright majority in the first free Tunisian presidential election, with a runoff likely.
Former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi appears to be in front for the Dec. 28 second round, after receiving between 42% and 47% of the vote according to two private exit polls, the New York Times reports.
His opponent, interim President Moncef Marzouki, won between 29% to 32% of the vote.
Tunisia comes out of two disorderly years governed by an Islamist-led coalition, of which Marzouki’s party was a part.
The electoral commission said voting participation was 60%, reports the Associated Press. Official results are expected in the coming days.