July 27, 2021

faced with the disavowal of traditional parties, the proliferation of “independent” candidates

They are the only novelty of these legislative elections, the first to be held since the fall of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in April 2019: 1,208 independent lists present themselves to the deputation this Saturday, June 12, at the end of a dismal, marked campaign. by the repression of Hirak militants. This unprecedented figure exceeds the number of lists emanating from political parties (1,080), according to data from the National Independent Election Authority (ANIE), responsible for organizing the poll.

In addition, the new electoral law, passed in March 2021, requires at least half of the candidates on each list to be under the age of 40, while a third must have a university level. So many criteria that encourage diversity.

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Among the unmarked lists is the Union of Associations for a Fair Algeria, a formation made up of 32 candidates. One of the running mates, Nadia Aït Zaï, a 68-year-old lawyer and feminist activist, receives at Ciddef, her foundation for equality created in 2002, whose offices adjoin the imposing Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, in the center of the capital city.

If she chose an unlabeled list, it is above all because it is not reflected in the ideas of political parties, she said. “With an independent list, we put ourselves outside ideology. Our values ​​are universal. What drives us all is to build a just Algeria, to contribute to better care for citizens, young people and women ”, explains the one for whom the candidacy for deputation is the extension of a militant journey of four decades.

No real campaign

However, this choice is far from unanimous. The ballot, boycotted by the majority of opposition parties, should be shunned by a large part of the population. “As for the presidential election [décembre 2019] and the constitutional referendum [novembre 2020], the abstention rate is the only certainty ”, argues political scientist Rachid Grim. 1is November 2020, only 23.7% of Algerian voters took part in the ballot for the reform of the Constitution.

“In the countryside, there was not really any”, he continues, recalling that the traditional parties, especially the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), which made up the old ruling alliance, have “Could not hold a local campaign” due to the context of social protest.

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