Algeria: Ninth Legislature Resulting From Upcoming Polls Marks Completion of State Institutions Building

ALGIERS-The People’s National Assembly (Lower House) resulting from the next legislative polls on 12 June will inaugurate the 9th legislature, which comes in exceptional circumstances marked by the decision of the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune to dissolute the Parliament and hold anticipated legislative polls, one year before the term expiration.

Such a move “will inject a new blood in the organs of the State and the parliament”, said the Head of State.

Less than a month after this announcement, President Tebboune signed a decree convening the electorate for the legislative elections on June 12, 2021 in accordance with the Constitution, as well as an ordinance on the organic law on the electoral system.

The Head of State had previously engaged in a deep reform process, particularly the new Constitution adopted by the Algerian people in the referendum held on November 1, 2020.

The other important reform is the new law on elections that has changed the voting system radically.

The main novelty lies in Article 191 of the new law on elections, which provides that the Lower House is elected for a five-year term by open list voting with proportional representation.

The proportional representation system, which is used in many countries, allows the voter to vote for a list of candidates as well as for one or more candidates on that list. However, the voter may not vote for more than one list or for a given list and candidates from another list at the same time, or for candidates from different lists. In these cases, the ballot is null and void.