The head of the Independent Electoral Authority in Algeria, Mohamed Sharafi, said that the general voter turnout in the early legislative elections amounted to more than 10% in the middle of the day, in the first legislative elections since the start of the popular movement, while President Delmarva Bounteous said that the participation rate does not matter to him, considering This vote is another building block on the road to democratization.
In a press conference held on Saturday afternoon, Charfi added that the participation rate in Algiers was 5.65%. Read also More than 15,000 candidates are competing in it.. What is the influence of the tribe in deciding the parliamentary elections in Algeria? After the 2012 and 2017 alliances, why did Algeria’s Islamist disperse in the parliamentary elections? Why do Algeria’s liberals boycott the parliamentary elections and what impact do they have on participation?
Polling stations in Algeria and abroad opened this morning to 24 million Algerians who are entitled to vote in the early legislative elections that are being held to choose 407 deputies in the People’s National Assembly, or what is known as the First Chamber.
Inside, voting began at eight in the morning, and polling stations closed at seven in the evening, with the possibility of extending voting in some of them.
The Algerian president cast his vote at a polling station in the Bouchaoui area in the western suburbs of Algiers, and Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, members of the government, leaders of political parties and Chief of Staff Major General Said Chanegriha cast their votes in different polling stations.
In statements to reporters – after casting his vote – Tebboune said that he was optimistic about achieving a good participation rate based on what he witnessed of the voting process in a number of states, pointing to a turnout by young people and women.
He stressed that the percentage of participation does not matter to him, and said that what matters to him are those who will be selected by the ballot box to administer the legislative authority, noting that the formation of the next government will depend on whether the majority is loyal or opposed to the policies of the President of the Republic.
He added that those who boycotted the elections are free to do so, but they do not have the right to impose their position on others, stressing that these elections are a second building block for change and building a democratic Algeria.
He said that Algeria is on the right path as long as it faces an attack from parties that do not satisfy it to enter the country into democracy from its wide doors, and give its decision to its people, as he put it.
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.
Gogel added – in press statements after casting his vote in the capital – that President Tebboune fulfilled his promises to go towards electing new institutions.
And last Thursday, Tebboune pledged that the fund would be the decisive factor in the elections, while the Independent National Electoral Authority pledged – about a week ago – to protect the votes.
Last March, the Algerian president called for early legislative elections after dissolving Parliament at the beginning of the same month, to be the first legislative elections since the start of the popular movement that led to the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the spring of 2019.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Atef Qadadra said that voting is taking place as usual in the 58 states in Algeria.
He added that the turnout appeared to be low in the early hours, but he pointed out that the authorities say that the turnout is becoming clearer in the afternoon.
He added that the Ministry of Interior imposed strict security measures starting last night, pointing to an amendment to the Penal Code to address the so-called attempts to disrupt the electoral process, whether by preventing individuals from casting their votes, or sabotaging polling stations.
The 2019 presidential elections and the 2020 constitutional referendum witnessed an unprecedented rate of 60% and 76% abstentions, respectively, according to Agence France-Presse.
For the third and final day, the Algerian community abroad continues to vote in the parliamentary elections.
In France, where the largest Algerian community is based abroad, the voter turnout is still low, according to some testimonies.
Some organizers of the elections attribute this to the fact that the turnout for early voting on Thursday and Friday is usually low.
Some Algerians residing in France have called for an increase in the number of parliamentary seats representing the Algerian community, which currently stands at 4 seats.
new electoral system
Algerian parliamentary elections are held on the basis of a new electoral system; A voter cannot vote for more than one list or vote for a particular list or candidates in another list.
The voter must 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 mandate.
More than half a million people work in the conduct of voting, according to the Independent National Electoral Authority.
The number of parliament seats is distributed according to the size of the electoral district, the largest of which is the wilaya of Algiers, while 8 seats are allocated to electoral districts in the diaspora, including 4 for the community in France.