The National Liberation Front (FLN) swept the current legislative elections in Algeria, and won the largest number of parliamentary seats.
According to official Algerian media, the Independent National Electoral Authority in Algeria announced today, Tuesday, that the National Liberation Front (FLN) won 105 seats in parliament.
The Independent National Electoral Authority added that the National Liberation Front (FLN) wins the most seats in parliament, noting that the National Democratic Assembly won 57 seats in parliament.
The National Liberation Front Party.. Participation rates in Algeria’s elections
The participation rate, the main bet in this poll, did not exceed 30.20%, according to the head of the Independent National Election Authority, Mohamed Sharafi.
By way of comparison, the turnout was 35.70% in the last legislative elections in 2017 (42.90% in the 2012 elections).
As for the vote of Algerians abroad, it was “very weak, less than 5%,” as Charfi explained.
Participation has also declined compared to the 2019 presidential election, which saw Abdelmadjid Tebboune elected with only 40% of the vote.
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As was the case in previous electoral dates, abstentions are almost total in the states of the Kabylie region (northeast), in Bejaia, Bouira and Tizi Ouzou, where the turnout did not reach the 1% level.
Before the start of the electoral process, the army chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Said Chanegriha, warned against “any plan or action aimed at disrupting the conduct” of the poll.
The government considers that it has responded to the main demands of the movement and no longer has any legitimacy, accusing the activists of being in the service of “foreign parties” hostile to Algeria.
Clashes and smashing of ballot boxes
Voting generally took place quietly, as in Algiers, where few voters took part, and in the outlying provinces, with the exception of the Berber Kabylie region.
In this traditionally rebellious region, most polling stations did not open, and clashes erupted in several municipalities, with ballot boxes broken, according to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights and the National Committee for the Release of Detainees, who reported dozens of arrests.
Before the elections, the movement, which demanded a radical change in the “system” of governance in place since independence (1962), denounced an “electoral farce” and a “reckless rush” of the system, noting that the secular and leftist opposition called for a boycott of the polls.
Whatever the case, the government seems intent on imposing the electoral “road map,” ignoring the movement’s demands: the rule of law, democratic transition, popular sovereignty, and independent justice.
About 24 million voters were called to choose 407 new deputies in the National People’s Assembly (the lower house of parliament) for a five-year term. They had to choose between 2,288 lists—more than half of which were “independent”—that is, more than 22,000 candidates.
It is the first time that this large number of independents have come forward against candidates supported by political parties that have largely lost their credibility and have been held responsible for the political, economic and social crises that Algeria is going through.
They may be the beneficiaries of the elections, along with the Islamist parties that chose to participate and say they are “ready to govern.”
What are the reasons for the Algerian boycott of the elections?
The government has made efforts in recent months to suppress protests, ban demonstrations, and increase arrests and prosecutions targeting opponents, movement activists, journalists, and lawyers.
At least 214 prisoners of conscience are behind bars in Algeria because of their activism in the movement or the defense of individual liberties, according to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees.
This is the first legislative elections since the start of the movement on February 22, 2019, against the background of the rejection of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s candidacy for a fifth term.
He succeeded in pushing him to resign after serving 20 years in power.
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