ALGIERS – The president of the Independent National Election Authority (ANIE), Mohamed Charfi, will kick off, on Sunday from Boumerdès, the operation of exceptional revision of the electoral lists in anticipation of the referendum on the constitutional amendment scheduled for November 1, an ANIE statement said on Saturday.
The operation of exceptional revision of the electoral lists in anticipation of the referendum on the constitutional revision, will be launched as of today, September 20 until September 27, 2020.
“Following the signing of the presidential decree setting the date for the convening of the electorate for the referendum on the constitutional revision, on November 1, 2020, the ANIE informs all citizens that the period of exceptional revision of the electoral lists is 8 days from September 20 until September 27, 2020 and this, in accordance with article 14 of organic law 16-10 of August 25, 2016, relating to the electoral regime, modified and supplemented “, specified the same source .
“To this end, citizens not registered on the electoral lists, in particular those who will be 18 years old on polling day, i.e. on November 1, 2020, are invited to register with the municipal commission at the level of their municipality of residence, which works under the supervision of ANIE, “the statement added.
“Voters who have changed their place of residence must, for their part, approach the commission for revising the electoral lists of their new municipality of residence”, pointed out the same source, specifying that the registration request must be supported by the presentation of two documents, one justifying the identity and the other justifying the residence, specified the ministry.
The offices of the commission responsible for revising the electoral lists at municipal level are therefore open every day of the week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Friday.
Citizens who are members of the national community established abroad must, for their part, approach diplomatic or consular representations to register, according to the same procedures “.
President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who on Tuesday signed the decree convening the electorate for the referendum on the Constitution amendment due on November 1st , fulfils thus one of his fundamental political commitments, likely to lay the foundations of a “modern State in the service of citizens” and “restore confidence” between the people and its institutions.
The presidential decree also fixes the date of the voters list’s exceptional revision for September 20. It will last for a period of eight days.
The presidential decree convening the electorate, in anticipation of the referendum relating to the proposed revision of the Constitution, has just appeared in the last issue of the Official Journal.
This is the decree 20-251 of September 15, 2020 stipulating, in the 1st article that “the electors are convened for the purpose of pronouncing, by referendum, on the draft revision of the Constitution, Sunday November 1, 2020 “.
The voters will have to answer, by Yes or No, to the question addresed to them: “Do you agree on the proposed revision of the Constitution?” (Article 2) A white bulletin is provided for the affirmative answer and a blue one for the negative one.
The text, also, decrees that in anticipation of this referendum, “an exceptional revision of the electoral lists is open, from Sunday September 20 and is closed on Sunday September 27, 2020”.
The decree contains, in annex, the draft revision of the Constitution, broken down into 6 axes and 225 articles and recently adopted by the two chambers of Parliament.
The six axes relate to “General principles governing society”, “Fundamental rights, public freedoms and duties”, “The organization and separation of powers”, “Control institutions”, “Consultative institutions” and finally “Constitutional revision”.
The draft amended Constitution, elaborated by a group of experts in Constitutional Law, on the basis of 5,018 proposals collected from various sections of the society, national figures and political forces, has received the green light of the Council of ministers meeting, held on September 6th.
The two Houses of the Parliament also approved the draft amendment, successively on September 10th and 12th.
During this Council of Ministers meeting, the Head of State affirmed that the draft constitutional revision “falls in line with the requirements for building a modern State and responds to the demands of the authentic and blessed popular movement Hirak,”
The Constitution, in its new version, is “the most widely consensual”, despite the obstacles imposed by the health crisis of Covid-19, President Tebboune assured.
At the National People’s Assembly (lower house of Parliament), Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad said that the revision of the Constitution will allow “materialize the commitments decided for the building of the new Republic, as part of a comprehensive reform of the State and its institutions.”
On 22 February 2019, tens of thousands of citizens staged demonstrations in most of the Algerian major cities to oppose a fifth term of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for more than twenty years, and to demand profound change in governance.
Bouteflika submitted his resignation on April 2.
Elected on 12 December 2019, President Tebboune, had said during his swearing-in ceremony, that the main contours of the Constitution amendment, he committed to during his campaign will relate on limitation of the presidential term to one, renewable once, the limitation of the President of the Republic prerogatives to prevent autocratic excesses and the separation and balance of powers.
The draft revision of the Constitution encompasses six chapters, namely the “fundamental rights and public freedoms”, “strengthening the separation and balance of powers,” “independence of the judiciary,” “the creation of (the Constitutional Court)”, “transparency, prevention and anti-corruption” and “the National Independent Election Authority.”