Algiers, April 30: Biskra, the province (wilaya) located in eastern Algeria, will go to polls on May 4, along with other 47 districts in Algeria. A total of 9 seats would be contested from Biskra in the Algerian legislative elections 2017. The primary electoral competition from the province is between the ruling National Front for Liberation (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND). In the 2012 elections, FLN won 4 seats, whereas, 2 were bagged by RND. The remaining two seats were won by independents.
Biskra, with a total population of above 7,20,000 citizens, is one of the significantly dense districts of Algeria. It is further divided into 12 districts and 3 communes. The primary concerns of the residents are employment and infrastructural development.
List of Candidates from Biskra
The ruling FLN is confident of improving its tally in the Biskra district. Party’s campaign is being led by veteran leader J Mohammad. The prime opposition to the FLN comes from RND, being led by its chief Ahmed Ouyahia.
To view the list of candidates fielded by RND, visit their official website.
Past winners from Biskra
|Biskra||Winner in 2012||Party|
|3.||BELLA EPOUSE CHIA SOUMIA||Independent|
|6.||KADDOUR MOHAMED TAHAR||RND|
|8.||TALHA EP.SOUIKI HOUDA||RND|
ELections in Algeria, slated for May 4, are considered to be the most crucial political event following the constitutional amendments of 2016. The forthcoming polls are the first to be conducted by an independent election commission. To observe the electoral process, delegations from Arab League, African Union and carter Centre have reached Algeria. The ruling FLN, led by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appealed the electorate to cast their votes en masse in the upcoming elections in order to strengthen the democracy.