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Algerian president calls for big turnout at local polls
Last Updated: 2017-11-23 06:58 | Xinhua
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday called upon his people to vote massively at the local elections due on Nov. 23, to choose their representatives at municipal and prefect assemblies.

Bouteflika chaired a Council of Ministers, as he hailed the role of Thursday's elections in terms of "rising up the efficiency of public service sector, given that municipal and prefect assemblies are the main tool for developing public resources for the benefit of citizens."

Some 23 million Algerians are eligible to vote, according to recent figures of the Interior Ministry.

The figures show that nearly 165,000 candidates, representing 50 political parties, four alliances and independent lists, are running to be represented at the 1,541 municipal assemblies.

Some 18 percent of candidates are women, while 51 percent of them are under the age of 40.

More than 16,000 candidates are competing to grab seats at the existing 48 prefect assemblies, 28 percent of whom are women.

As many as 12,457 polling centres and 55,866 polling stations are established for Thursday's polls, the Interior Ministry said.

Army troops are due to be deployed inside the poll centers to ensure that the elections take place in good conditions. 180,000 police officers are also mobilized to secure the polls, while the National Gendarmerie said its elements are due to be present at 7,722 voting centers, nationwide.

Candidates has campaigned for three weeks, as Head of the Independent High Commission for Election Monitoring Abdelouahab Darbal said the campaign was conducted in calm and acceptable conditions.

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