While the process of counting the votes of voters in the early legislative elections continues in Algeria, the Movement for a Society for Peace confirmed that it topped the elections in most of the country’s states and voting offices abroad, warning against attempts to change the results.
The movement, which is the largest Islamist party in Algeria, published a statement on the Facebook page of its leader, Abdel Razzaq Makri, in which it said, “The Movement for Society for Peace confirms that it has topped the results in most states and in the community.”
The movement warned against attempts to change the results, saying, “We warn that there are extensive attempts to change the results according to previous behaviors, which will have bad consequences for the country and the future of the political and electoral process.”
The process of counting the votes of the voters continues, as the head of the Independent National Electoral Authority, Muhammad Sharafi, announced that the turnout exceeded 30%.
Although the counting of the votes of Algerian voters in the early legislative elections began immediately after the closure of the polling stations, the official results will not be known for days, given the nature of the new electoral law, and the nature of electoral lists between partisan and independents.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said – after he cast his electoral vote, yesterday, Saturday – that his country is on the right path as long as there are parties that are bothered by Algeria’s tendency to build democracy.
The announced participation rate is less than the last two parliamentary elections; It reached 37.09% during the 2017 elections, and 42.90% during the 2012 elections.
Tebboune continued by saying that “the percentage of participation in the elections does not matter, as much as the legitimacy resulting from the fund, and what it produces of parliamentarians representing the legislative authority.”
These elections took place in light of the boycott of the Labor Party (left-wing opposition), the Rally for Culture and Democracy (secular opposition), and the Socialist Forces Front (opposition left), and activists in the popular movement called for a boycott.
The Algerian president made it clear – in press statements – that he respects the decision of those boycotting the elections, but without imposing their opinion on others.
For its part, the Algerian Movement of Society for Peace – in a statement issued by it – asked the Algerian president and the head of the Independent National Authority for Elections to intervene to stop what it called “violations”, which it said it recorded during the electoral process.
A statement by the movement indicated that the directorates of the independent authority in a number of states recorded the refusal to hand the counting records to the representatives of the candidates in violation of the electoral law.
She also indicated that the papers in which the voter did not cross out any name for the benefit of the chosen list were not counted in some states, which violates the same law, according to her statement.