Monday, 28 May 2012

Algeria: Appeals to constitutional council

According to the Constitutional Council, 165 appeals regarding the 10 May legislative elections were submitted to the Council prior to the closing date for appeals on Thursday 17 May. Appeals can be lodged by political parties and candidates. Most of the political parties told the media that they had submitted appeals.

The appeal process lacks transparency and is not thought likely to consider seriously any appeal relating to such serious matters as vote rigging. We would even be surprised if the Council had accepted appeals relating to the fact that the voter's role, strongly believed to have been 'out of order', was not made available to the political parties.

According to the Council, it has accepted 13 of these appeals as being founded, while saying that it had rejected 107 as being unfounded. What has happened to the balance of 45 has not been made clear. We can also only assume that these have also been rejected. As some of the 13 accepted appeals have come from the government's own two parties (FLN and RND), it is doubted whether they will be casting any serious dispersions on the election.

According to the Council, the appeals that it has taken into account came from 12 constituencies, namely Chlef, Blida, Bouira, Tebessa, Djelfa, Annaba, Guelma, Constantine, Mostaganem, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Boumerdes and Mila.

The Council will issue written replies in due course.

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