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Draft election bill sets out candidacy conditions

Published on : Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:24   Read : 96 time(s)
Draft election bill sets out candidacy conditions

ALGIERS-The preliminary draft organic law amending and supplementing the organic law on elections sets out the conditions candidates must meet for communal, provincial, parliamentary and presidential elections.

The draft bill, which was submitted to the political parties, contains the thrusts and conditions that candidates for elections must meet. 

According to Article 182, the candidates must meet the conditions provided for in Article 49 of this draft and must be registered in the electoral district in which he or she is running.

Article 49 stipulates that every Algerian male and female voter is an Algerian citizen, aged 18 years old on the day of the election, enjoying his or her civil and political rights and, in no case, being affected by one or more of the disabilities provided for by the legislation in force and registered on an electoral roll.

The candidate must be of Algerian nationality, at least 23 years old on election day and have fulfilled the obligations of national service, or be exempted from it. He must not be finally convicted for crimes or misdemeanors involving deprivation of freedom and must not rehabilitated

He must justify the situation to the tax authorities and must be of good character except for involuntary crimes.

Regarding the election of members of the People's Assembly National (Lower House), Article 198 stipulates that the candidate for the People's National Assembly must meet the conditions stipulated in Article 49 of this draft and must be registered in the electoral district in which he or she is running.

The candidate must be of Algerian nationality and must be at least 25 years old on the day of the election. He must have fulfilled the obligations of national service, or be exempted from it, and must not have been finally convicted for crimes or misdemeanors depriving him of his freedom and not rehabilitated, except for involuntary crimes, for which he must justify the situation vis-à-vis the tax authorities and must be of good character.

Regarding the election of two thirds of MPs of the Council of the Nation (Upper House), Article 219 stipulates that the candidate must be 35 years old on the election day. He must have completed a full term of office as an elected representative in a Communal or Provincial People's Assembly. This provision does not apply to the People's Communal Assemblies or Provincial Assemblies of which none of the members has completed a full term of office.


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The candidate must justify his or her situation vis-à-vis the tax authorities and must not have been convicted of a final sentence for crimes or misdemeanors depriving him or her of freedom and not rehabilitated, except for involuntary misdemeanors. He must be of good character.

As for the election of the President of the Republic, Article 247 provides that the declaration of candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic results from a registration request submitted to the Independent Authority by the candidate himself against delivery of a receipt.

The application for candidacy includes an original certificate of Algerian nationality, a declaration on honor attesting that the interested party is of Algerian nationality only and that he has never been of other nationality.

The application is also accompanied by a sworn declaration that the applicant is a Muslim, a sworn declaration that the spouse is of Algerian nationality only, a certificate of Algerian nationality of the father and mother of the applicant, a university degree or equivalent, a sworn declaration of exclusive residence in Algeria for at least 10 years, without interruption, immediately preceding the submission of the application. 

The application must also include a certificate of participation in the 1st November 1954 Revolution for candidates born before July 1, 1942, a certificate of non-involvement of the parents of the candidate, born after July 1, 1942, in acts hostile to the 1st November 1954 Revolution. 

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Draft election bill sets out candidacy conditions

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