Local elections: Polling stations closed in some provinces, counting of ballots begins


ALGIERS- The counting of ballots, as part of Saturday’s local elections, began across the provinces that are not affected by the one hour extension (ie at 8:00 p.m.).

It should be recalled that the counting operation is public, taking 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 voting operation for the local elections has been extended to 8 p.m. in some provinces of the country, announced the Chairman of the Independent National Authority of elections (ANIE), Mohamed Chorfi.

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 Chairman of the Independent Authority may, at the request of the coordinator of the provincial delegation, extend the closing hours of the polling stations until 8:00 p.m.”

The national voter turnout in the local elections reached, till 16:00, 24.27 % for communal assemblies and 23.30 % for provincial ones, the Chairman of the National Independent Authority for Elections, Mohamed Charfi, said Saturday.

The national voter turnout in the local elections reached, till 13:00, 13.30 % for communal assemblies and 12.70 % for provincial ones.

For the morning, the national voter turnout reached, till 10 a.m, 04.12% for communal assemblies and 3.90% for provincial ones.

Polling stations opened, Saturday morning (8:00), throughout the country for more than 24 million voters to choose their representatives for a five-year term with complete freedom and transparency.

Nearly 24 million voters were called to the polls. A ballot which constitutes the crowning of the process of institutional building and the transition to a new governance of communities that aims at giving a strong impetus to local development.

The electoral body rose, at the end of the exceptional revision of the electoral lists, to 23,717,479 voters, according to data communicated by the National Independent Election Authority (ANIE), a body which supervises the entire electoral process.

Early voting operations began on November 24, through mobile offices, in remote areas of the wilayas in the south of the country, i.e. 72 hours before the national ballot, in accordance with the Organic Law on the electoral regime.

The number of candidates standing for the APC is 115,230, while for the APW is 18,993.

More than a million supervisors were mobilized for the smooth running of the ballot in 61,696 offices and 13,326 polling centers, spread across the 1,541 municipalities of the country. The ballot was taking place in the presence of 182,981 observers delegated by the forty political parties vying for these local elections.

A health protocol has been put in place by ANIE and the Ministry of Health, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Both sides underlined their attachment to the strict application of preventive measures for the conduct of the ballot “in complete safety”, noting that all the necessary means were mobilized for the success of this political rendez-vous.

A budget of 8.67 billion dinars has been allocated for the preparation and organization of local elections.

The election campaign ended on Tuesday. Mr.Charfi considered that “all the conditions” for the success of the local elections of November 27 “were met”, while noting that this success was “closely linked to the degree of democratic awakening among citizens”.

The local elections are part of the completion of the institutional building process implemented by the president of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune. They were preceded by the referendum on the revision of the Constitution of November 1, 2020 and the legislative elections of June 12, 2021.

By presiding over the installation ceremony of the members of the National Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CNESE), on September 28, the President of the Republic described the local elections as “a crucial stage in the recovery process.

The Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Mr. Aïmene Benabderrahmane, had announced, during the presentation to Parliament of his government’s Action Plan, the installation, in October 2021, of reform workshops dedicated to the revision of the communal and wilaya codes, in order to “meet the requirements of local development”.


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