Legislative elections: Polling stations closed, counting of votes begins

ALGIERS-The counting of ballots, as part of Saturday's legislative elections, began countrywide just after voting polls closed at 08:00 p.m.

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ALGIERS-The counting of ballots, as part of Saturday’s legislative elections, began countrywide just after voting polls closed at 08:00 p.m.

The voting operation for the election of the members of the coming People’s National Assembly (Lower House), which took place on Saturday, has been marked by a good material and logistical organization. The early legislative elections are taking place in exceptional conditions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The voting operation for the legislative elections has been extended by one hour (from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) across all the provinces of the country, announced the Chairman of the Independent National Authority of elections (ANIE), Mohamed Chorfi.

The last voter turnout reached 14,47% at 16:00.

The voting operation extended by one hour in all of the country’s provinces.

According to the organic law on the electoral regime, “voting takes place in one day. Polling stations open at 8:00 am and closed the same day at 7:00 pm.

However, if necessary, the president of the Independent Authority may, at the request of the coordinator of the provincial delegation, push the closing hours of the polling stations until 8:00 p.m.”

“The counting of the votes immediately follows the close of the ballot. It is carried out, without interruption, until its complete completion”, stipulates the organic law relating to the electoral system.

The count is public and must take place in the polling station. However, exceptionally for mobile polling stations, the counting takes place within the attached polling center in accordance with the organic law.

The latest national voter turnout was 14.47% at 4:00 p.m., and 10.02% at 1:00 p.m.

More than 24 million voters were called to ballot on Saturday to elect the 407 deputies of the next National People’s Congress.

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