ALGIERS – The electoral campaign for 12 December presidential election will officially start today, Sunday, for the five candidates which papers were approved by the National Independent Authority on Elections (ANIE) and confirmed by the Constitutional Council, in conformity with Article 141 of the organic law on election system.
The five candidates to the presidential election are former Chief of government and president of the Talaie el Hourriyet party Ali Benflis, former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, former Minister of Culture and currently interim general secretary of the National Democratic Rally party (RND) Azzedine Mihoubi, former Minister of Tourism and president of El-Bina Movement party Abdelkader Bengrina, and President of Al-Moustakbel Front party Abdelaziz Belaid.
The five candidates for the post of President have begun to unveil the major lines of their electoral platforms, while calling on voters to massively participate in December 12th election.
Independent candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled his electoral platform, under the theme “Engaged for change, capable to achieve it,” comprising 54 commitments for the establishment of a “New Republic.”
The commitments taken by Tebboune include “deep revision of the Constitution, restructuring the legal framework for elections, strengthening good governance through the separation of the business from politics and the creation of mechanisms guaranteeing the integrity of public officials.”
President of Talaie el Hourriyet party Ali Benflis, also outlined the main thrusts of his programme, he intends to operate a “comprehensive transition” aiming the “political, economic and social modernization of the country.”
Under the theme, “Our Oath for Algeria,” Benflis said he would work a “comprehensive change,” in conformity with the “just and legitimate” and aspirations of the Hirak, the popular protest movement which has been calling since February 22nd for radical change of the governance system in the country.
The president of El-Bina Movement party Abdelkader Bengrina said that his programme mainly revolves around the “principle of consulting the Algerians about the way out of the crisis, the recovery of embezzled funds, the achievement of Algeria’s food and territorial security,” while supporting the demands of the popular movement Hirak.
Mohamed Charfi, president of the ANIE, the body in charge of organizing and overseeing the elections, expressed commitment to ensure “fair and democratic” conduct of the poll.
The ANIE “members are mobilized to preserve the choice of the people,” he added.
As for him, Minister of Communication, spokesman of government Hassane Rabehi has said that all “the necessary measures” had been taken in anticipation of the Presidential election and to ensure the unfolding of the electoral campaign in the “best conditions.”