Presidential Election: Most candidates start campaigning from country’s south


ALGIERS- Most candidates for the presidential election of December 12th will begin their electoral campaign, to start next Sunday, from the country’s southern provinces.

The Acting Secretary General of the National Democratic Rally (RND), Azzedine Mihoubi, the President of the Al-Moustakbel Front, Abdelaziz Belaid, and the former Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, have set their sights on the province of Adrar for the inauguration of  their election campaign through holding meetings where they intend to explain their respective programs with a view to convince voters to go to the polls en masse on the polling day.

In a statement to the APS, the campaign director of RND candidate, Mohamed Fadene, said that the province of Adrar was chosen to start the campaign, considering the “large number of zaouias there” and the large number of adherents of the party.

For his part, the information officer of the Front Al-Moustakbel, Raouf Maamri, said that it is the office of Adrar who has chosen the starting point of their candidate Abdelaziz Belaid.

Candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s campaign director refrained from making any statements.

The candidate of the Talaie El Houriyet party, Ali Benflis, has, for his part, decided to start his campaign from the provinces of Tamanrasset and Tlemcen by organizing two meetings, said the campaign manager, Chakib Kouidri.

The candidate of the El-Bina Movement, Abdelkader Bengrina, preferred to start his campaign with a symbolic tour in the capital Algiers to get closer to the young people, listen to their concerns and expectations and try to convince them by his electoral program.

Candidates for the Supreme Judiciary are preparing to enter the electoral campaign, which will be supervised for the first time by the National Independent Electoral Authority (ANIE), in accordance with the provisions of Article 173 of the Organic Law on Electoral System which stipulates that “the election campaign shall be declared open twenty-five (25) days before the polling date and shall end three (3) days before polling day”.

When a second round of voting is organized, the election campaign of candidates for the second round is open twelve (12) days before polling day and ends two (02) days before polling day, according to the same article.

The electoral campaign of the presidential election of December 12 is distinguished by the “charter of ethics of electoral practices” which was signed, Saturday, by the candidates and the president of the Audiovisual Regulatory Authority (ARAV). This Charter “sets out the guiding principles and particular practices that form the framework for the expected moral behavior of the actors and persons participating in the electoral process”.

The National Independent Electoral Authority (ANIE) intends to contribute to the success of this election campaign by the role of control of its delegations and coordinators in the provinces who “will fulfill all the sensitive missions, since the monitoring of the electoral campaign in its various organizational aspects, ensuring fairness between the candidates, until the end of the electoral process “, declared its president, Mohamed Charfi, stressing that the ANIE” is committed to guaranteeing a regular and democratic election “.



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