Charfi, who visited certain polling stations in the capital, Algiers, said that the preparations for the referendum were "thorough" and that the polling stations were all equipped with the conditions and measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In anticipation of the referendum, the polling stations’ supervisors attended training sessions by videoconference on the procedure to be followed throughout the electoral process, to prevent the spread of the pandemic and protect the health of voters.
A "virtual" electoral operation has been carried out to explain to the polling stations’ supervisors the methods for the application of the health protocol set up by the Authority and approved by the Scientific Committee in charge of monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic.
This protocol encompasses all the stages relating to the organization of the referendum, including in the ANIE headquarters, in its municipal and provinces offices, polling stations, mobile stations as well as voting centers in the diplomatic and consular districts abroad.
It also provides for compulsory sanitary instructions inside conference rooms and working rooms; namely the use of hydro-alcoholic gel, the compulsory wearing of face coverings, the respect of social distancing and avoiding any physical contact among voters.
According to the protocol, only two or three voters plus 5 or 7 members of the ANIE are allowed to enter the polling stations.
With regard to the referendum for the national community established abroad, in particular in countries where stricter measures to stem the pandemic have been taken, the ANIE president said that all the polling stations, at our diplomatic representations, are prepared to welcome voters.
"The ambassadors and consuls of Algeria abroad are fully authorized to take the necessary measures and adapt to the conditions of each country,” added Charfi.
Referring to the voter turnout rate in remote regions (mobile offices), Charfi announced an 11% an increase recorded on Saturday, compared to the previous elections at this stage.