• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF ALGERIA WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY (SUNDAY) TO ELECT 653 REPRESENTATIVES TO PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES.

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    STREET SCENE IN ALGIERS: VOTERS QUEUE OUTSIDE BOOTH: PRESIDENT BOUMEDIENNE VOTES.




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    Background: THE PEOPLE OF ALGERIA WENT TO THE POLLS TODAY (SUNDAY) TO ELECT 653 REPRESENTATIVES TO PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES. THE ELECTIONS, BASED ON UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE, BEGIN THE SECOND STAGE OF THE POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS SET AS GOALS BY PRESIDENT BOUMEDIENNE AND HIS FOLLOWERS WHEN THEY CAME TO POWER IN JUNE 1965.

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE RE-ORGANISATION CONCERNED THE MUNICIPALITIES, AND MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WERE ELECTED IN FEBRUARY 1967. WHEN THE PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES ARE WORKING SATISFACTORILY, THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (FLN) ALGERIA'S LONE POLITICAL PARTY HOPES TO MOVE ON TO ELECT A NATIONAL ASSEMBLY POSSIBLY IN 1970.

    IN TODAY'S ELECTIONS, THE 1306 CANDIDATES WERE CHOSEN BY THE FLN. THERE WERE TWO CANDIDATES FOR EVERY SEAT IN THE 17 PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES, WHICH WILL BE KNOWN BY THE ARABIC NAME " WILLAYA". EACH WILLAYA WILL BE HEADED BY A GOVERNMENT APPOINTED "WALI" OR PERFECT. THIS ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE IS BASED ON THAT DEVISED DURING THE ALGERIAN WAR. AT THAT TIME, ALGERIA HAD BEEN ORGANISED INTO THREE DEPARTMENTS OF METROPOLITAN FRANCE BY THE COLONIAL AUTHORITIES.

    THE ELECTORATE CONSISTS OF ALL MEN AND WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 19, AND THE FLN HAS BEEN MAKING STRENUOUS EFFORTS TO ENROL THE MOST POLITICALLY MINDED SECTIONS OF THE 13 MILLION STRONG POPULATION. THERE HAVE BEEN DIFFICULTIES, HOWEVER, IN TRANSFORMING THE FLN FROM AN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT WITH LIMITED AIMS INTO A POLITICAL PARTY WITH A LIFE AND ETHOS OF ITS OWN. THE COUNTRY'S LEADERSHIP HAS ADMITTED THIS AND HAS POINTED TO "INTERNAL CONTRADICTIONS" AS FACTORS CAUSING DELAY.

    THE TURNOUT FOR TODAY'S ELECTIONS SHOULD GIVE A GOOD INDICATION OF THE POLITICAL ATTITUDE OF THE NATION. AT THE 1967 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS, THERE WAS A TURNOUT OF ABOUT 70% FOR THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE, THOUGH IN THE TWO LARGEST CITIES, ALGIERS AND ORAN, THE FIGURE WAS 50%. A LARGER TURNOUT TODAY WILL POINT TO THE SUPPORT THE ALGERIAN LEADERSHIP HAS FROM THE PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD7WD59U5B04TPWXTPXBC6ITNL
    Media URN:
    VLVAD7WD59U5B04TPWXTPXBC6ITNL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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