ALGIERS- The President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune said, Saturday in Algiers, that the legislative elections are “a second milestone in the process of change and of building a democratic Algeria closer to the citizen than before”.
“Like all citizens, I have accomplished my electoral duty. It is a second milestone in the process of change and of building a democratic Algeria even closer to the citizen than before”, while waiting the holding “soon” of the local elections (APW and APC), to be “the last milestone of this process”, declared the President of the Republic out of the polling station.
And to continue: “In my capacity as President and citizen, I firmly believe in article 7 of the Constitution stipulating that the people are the source of all power, to be exercised through their elected representatives”.
Those who have opted for the boycott are free to choose provided that they do not impose it on others:
President Tebboune affirmed that “those who have chosen the boycott, it is their right, provided that they do not impose their decision on others , because everyone is free in this country, but with respect for the other “.
President Tebboune said in this context that “democracy wants the majority to respect the minority, but the decision remains in its hands”.
Pointing out that voting is a “national duty,” President Tebboune spoke about the projections on the elections’ results saying that “I have already said that the turnout rate does not interest me. What matters to me is that those who will be elected will have the popular legitimacy which will allow them to exercise legislative power.”
More than twenty-three and a half million voters are expected to head to polling stations on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 to elect their representatives at the People’s National Assembly (Lower House) for a five-year term, after an election campaign marked by calls for a high turnout in these elections, dubbed “decisive” for the stability of the country and socio-economic development.
The 407 seats to be filled for the ninth legislature are spread over 58 electoral districts (compared to 48 previously), following the promotion of ten administrative districts into new provinces in early 2021, in addition to the four zones for the national community abroad.
Twenty-eight (28) political parties are running in these elections with 646 lists (10,468 candidates), fewer than the independents who presented 837 lists (12,086 candidates), an unprecedented trend that reflects the willingness of civil society to play a more active role in institutions.
According to the figures provided by the National Independent Authority for Elections (ANIE), which supervises the election process, there are more than 13,000 young candidates and the number of women candidates hit 8,305.
ANIE Chairman Mohamed Charfi reported 13,009 candidates under 40 years, including 5,743 women, while the number of academics hit 19,942 candidates, i.e. 74% of candidates.
The number of registered voters throughout the national territory is 23,522,309, while the number of registered voters abroad is 902,865. The voters are registered in 61,543 polling stations, spread over 13,000 centers. The number of polling stations abroad is 357, while the number of itinerant stations is 139.
President of the Republic, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of the National Defense Abdelmadjid Tebboune had chaired, Tuesday, a meeting of the High Security Council devoted to the assessment of the preparations for the legislative election of 12 June, the Presidency of the Republic said in a communiqué.
“After listening to the addresses of the members of the High Security Council, President of the Republic gave the instructions to the minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning and to the officials of the security bodies to ensure the security of the electoral operation, notably polling stations, in accordance with the provisions of the law governing the elections which guarantees to the elector the freedom of vote and criminalizes any infringement of this right, enshrined by the Constitution,” added the source.
“Stressing the importance of this major electoral event, President of the Republic affirmed that all constitutional, legal and regulatory guarantees are able to protect the people’s will and the legality of the electoral operation, in implementation of the provisions of the articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution,” concluded the communiqué.