The Head of State Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah convened the electorate for the presidential election to be held on Thursday, December 12th, 2019.
In a TV broadcast speech to the nation, Mr. Bensalah said he had set the date of the next presidential election in Algeria for Thursday, December 12th, 2019, within the framework of his constitutional prerogatives, adding that he had signed, on Sunday, the presidential decree convening the Algerian electorate.
On this occasion, he urged the citizens “to mobilize to make this upcoming electoral contest the starting point of the process of renewal of our Nation, and to work, massively and strongly, for the success of this electoral deadline, which will allow our people to elect a new president of the republic who will have all the legitimacy to preside over the destiny of our country and realize the aspirations of our people”.
“By its importance, this election will provide an unprecedented opportunity to build confidence in the country, and at the same time pave the way for our people to move towards a promising horizon for the consolidation of democratic practice,” he added.
The Head of State called on citizens to contribute, on December 12th, “to the writing of their country’s history and the choice of their new president of the republic in order to shape the bright future of their country, the one their forefathers and fathers dreamed of and our children dream of today”.
Mr Bensalah’s speech came after the acceleration of events in the national political arena, with the signing of two decrees on the organic law relating to the National Independent Authority for the organization of elections, and the organic law on the electoral system after their unanimous adoption by the two houses of parliament.
On Sunday, the head of state Bensalah received Mohamed Charfi, head of the Supreme Electoral Authority, hours after he was endorsed as head the relevant commission, according to a presidential statement.
Meanwhile, the head of state, Abdelkader Bensalah, had pledged to mobilize “all the resources” of the state in the service and success of the Authority’s missions, stated Sunday the president of the independent national authority in charge of elections, Mohamed Charfi.
In a statement to the press at the end of the audience granted to him by the Head of State, Mr. Charfi indicated that “Mr. Bensalah has undertaken to mobilize all the State’s resources in the service of this Authority, unique in Algeria and throughout the world, to facilitate the achievement of its missions”.
“We are optimistic about the skills of the members of this Authority who belong to different generations,” he argued.
Mr. Charfi further expressed the wish to see “the latter crown the November 1954 process for the completion of the state-building to which our forebears, our generation and the rising generations who will form the future of this country aspire, a future that will be prosperous in view of the knowledge and awareness we have perceived in them throughout the process of dialogue”.
For the President of the Independent National Authority in charge of elections, “Algeria is doing well and will emerge victorious thanks to its men and its wealth”, hoping to “see the Algerian State’s approach of allowing the Algerian people to fulfill their electoral duty in complete freedom and sovereignty, thus constituting a crowning achievement of the November 1954 state edification”.
Earlier in the day, the 50 members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recommended unanimously former Minister of Justice Mohamed Charfi as chairman of the commission.
Mohamed Charfi, who holds a doctorate in law, served as Minister of Justice in 2002 and 2012.
Mr Charfi was the only candidate for the post after the other members of the commission refused to apply.
As a recall, the Chief of Staff of the National People’s Army, and vice minister of national defense, Major General Ahmed Gaid Saleh, had proposed a few days ago to set the date of the convening of the electorate for the presidential elections, for September 15th in preparation for holding the polls within the set deadlines not later than the end of the year 2019.