Algiers, April 29: Legislative elections in Algeria is scheduled on May 4. The 462 seats would be contested through proportional representational manner across the 48 provinces (wilaya) of Algeria. Bejaia, the province located at the northern sea tip of Algeria, contributes 12 seats in the national assembly. The province encompasses a total population of 912,577. All major political contenders submitted their list of candidates earlier in the month, as mandated under the rules.
The primary electoral battle in Bejaia would be fought among the National Liberation Front (FLN), National Democratic Rally (RND) and the Front of Socialist Forces (FFS). In the 2012 assembly elections, FFS emerged as the dominant electoral force from the province, winning 7 out of 12 seats. The FLN of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won 3 seats, whereas, 2 were bagged by the RND.
List of Candidates from Bejaia
- FLN candidates
- FFS candidates
To view the candidates fielded by RND, view their official website.
Current deputies from Bejaia:
|Bejaia||Winner in 2012||Party|
|2.||BABOUCHE NEE FOURAR DALILA||FLN|
|12.||OUAGUENI NEE IKHLEF ZINA||RND|
Algeria, which gained independence from French colonial rule in 1960, faces one of the most crucial events in its nascent democracy, in form of the forthcoming elections. Although, the upcoming polls are the fourth legislative elections after the end of Islamist insurgency in 2002, it would be the first one after constitutional amendments were passed in 2016. A total of 71 political parties are participating in the elections, associated with diverse school of thought and ideologies. However, the far-right Islamic Salvation Party, whose victory in 1989, led to the eruption of civil war, has been debarred from contesting.