ALGIERS – Minister of the Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui on Sunday in Algiers said that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika "pledged to ensure transparent electoral process and implement all the prevention measures and the necessary guarantees.”
Speaking at the presentation of the biometric driving licence and the electronic vehicle registration card, Bedoui said that "no administrative authority is allowed to breaching this principle, which constitutes, for us, not only a professional and political commitment, but a moral value governing all of us.”
"(…) The Administration (servants) will not be present on the voting day (4 May) and all the sections of the society will contribute to the success of this event," he added, stressing that the supervisors at polling stations "are the children of Algeria, among them teachers, doctors and senior executives."
The observers at the polling stations are representatives of the political parties in contention, so they have the right to watch the voting operation from the beginning to the end, said Bedoui, ensuring that "they will receive all the legal guarantees, including copies of ballot counting minutes.”
The minister said that the judges overlooking the electoral commissions work "will be neutral and objective in performing their mission,” in addition to the "observers of the High Independent Authority composed of magistrates and national competences.”
On that occasion, the minister called on the political partners to "multiply efforts to heighten the awareness of the citizens, make advantage of the guarantees to closely follow-up the elections and ignore the skeptical views of those who want to cast doubt on the elections.”
"Algeria draws its strength from its institutions and the cohesion of its people," Bedoui said adding that “the Algerian people are an example of resistance and Algeria is an untouchable citadel in front of conspiracies and maneuvers."