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VIDEO: Three things you need to know about Tunisia's municipal elections

Tunisians are hoping that the first municipal elections since the 2011 revolution will bring social change
A Tunisian policeman ticks his ballot in the municipal elections for the police and military in the capital Tunis (AFP)

Millions of Tunisians are set to vote on Sunday in the country's local municipal elections.

From poor housing to potholes, Tunisians will be able to vote for councillors and local mayors to address local issues that have plagued the country for decades.

The vote is historic as it is Tunisia's first municipal elections since the overthrow of President Ben Ali in 2011. 

Rural voters will also have a say for the first time as local officials will no longer be selected by the Prime Minister and the central government in Tunis, the country's capital.

For Omar Hammouda, a 50-year-old from the Tunisian city of Mahdia describes these elections are an opportunity to have his voice heard.

"I don't care about political parties or which one is more popular," Hammouda tells Middle East Eye.

"I just want whoever gets elected to care about their town and the poor people living in it...and someone who will do something about rundown homes and potholes on every street."

But with the Tunisian Dinar continuing to lose its value to the dollar, will these elections help Tunisia's faltering economy and aid the country's transition towards becoming a fully fledged democracy?

Here are three things you need to know about Tunisia's upcoming local municipal elections.