ALGIERS-The national voter turnout in the November 27 local elections hit 36.58% for the People’s Communal Assemblies and 34.76% for People’s Provincial Assemblies, Chairman of the National Independent Authority for Elections(ANIE), Mohamed Charfi, announced, on Tuesday, at a press conference devoted to the presentation of the provisional results of the November 27 local elections.
In total, 7,514,422 voters cast their votes in the ballot, last Saturday, for the People’s Communal Assemblies (APC), and 6,902. 222 for People’s Provincial Assemblies (APW), added Mr. Charfi.
Regarding the preliminary results of the ballot, the National Liberation Front (FLN) took the lead in local elections with 5,978 seats in 124 People’s Municipal Assemblies (APCs) across 42 provinces and 471 seats in People’s Provincial Assemblies (APWs) across 25 provinces.
FLN is followed by the National Democratic Rally (RND) with 4,584 seats in 58 APCs across 27 provinces, the independent lists with 4,430 seats in 91 APCs across 24 provinces and the El Mostakbel Front with 3,262 seats in 34 APCs across 18 provinces.
In the APW, the FLN is closely followed by the independent lists with 443 seats across 10 provinces, the National Democratic Rally (RND) with 366 seats across 13 provinces, El Mostakbel Front with 304 seats across 12 provinces, and the Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) with 239 seats across 5 provinces.
A total of 23,717,479 voters were called to elect their representatives among the 115,230 candidates for the APC and 18,993 candidates for the APW.
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 was 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 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”.