The National Liberation Front, the main party in the outgoing parliament, topped the results of the legislative elections in Algeria, despite a significant decline in the number of seats it won in light of a large boycott, the Independent National Electoral Authority announced on Tuesday.
But the front’s 105 seats are far less than the 204 it needs to secure a majority in the 407-seat parliament, while the Islamist Movement of Society for Peace party won 64 seats, and independent candidates got 78.
The National Democratic Rally Party won 57 seats, the Future Front party won 48 seats, and the National Building Movement won 40 seats.
The head of the Algerian Elections Authority, Mohamed Charfi, said that the implementation of the new system (the open list) allowed to modify the pattern of popular representation in parliament, adding that the parliament will be composed of a majority of young people, university students and women.
The Independent National Electoral Authority had announced earlier that the participation rate in the legislative elections amounted to 30.2% nationwide.
The elections were held last Saturday in 58 states, as polling stations opened in Algeria and the diaspora in front of 24 million Algerians entitled to vote in the early legislative elections, to choose 407 deputies in the People’s National Assembly, or what is known as the first room.
More than 22,000 candidates affiliated with 2,288 lists competed in this election, including 1,080 party lists and 1,208 independent lists, while the number of female candidates reached 5,744 women.
After casting his vote, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune considered this vote as another building block on the path to establishing democracy, pointing to the turnout on the part of young people and women.
In this context, the Speaker of the Algerian National Assembly (the second chamber of Parliament), Saleh Goujil, said that these elections are an implementation of the demands of the popular movement.
This election is the third vote supervised by the Independent Electoral Authority in Algeria, after the presidential elections of December 2019 and the referendum to amend the constitution in November 2020.
These parliamentary elections were held on the basis of a new electoral system, whereby the voter cannot vote for more than one list or vote for a particular list or candidates in another list.
The voter had to choose one list, then put a sign next to the names of the candidates he chose in proportion to the number of parliamentary seats allocated to his state.