Algeria tries to motivate jaded voters ahead of poll

"Make your voice heard," reads a slogan on billboards and posters plastered in towns and villages across the North African country.

Algeria tries to motivate jaded voters ahead of poll

World Bulletin / News Desk

Campaigning starts on Sunday for next month's Algerian parliamentary election as authorities desperately try to persuade disillusioned voters that their opinion counts.

Government-sponsored advertisements play in a continuous loop on television in a bid to attract a larger turnout than about 43 percent for the last legislative poll in 2012.

The vote comes amid growing security and economic challenges as well as speculation around who will eventually succeed 80-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika -- although experts say the real decision lies in the hands of the country's secretive elite.

The election, which several parties are boycotting, will likely see Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) and the allied Rally for National Democracy (RND) retain an absolute majority.

In Algiers, Salim said he would not vote on May 4.

"I couldn't care less. Nothing will change," said the 29-year-old, who has been jobless for five years since graduating from accountancy.

Ouardia, a 50-year-old taxi driver, said she would not be taking part in the election either.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Nisan 2017, 09:44