The head of the Independent National Electoral Authority in Algeria, Mohamed Charfi, announced that the turnout in the legislative elections that took place yesterday reached 30.2 percent when the polling stations closed.
The Algerian News Agency (WAJ) quoted Charfi as saying that 6 states recorded a participation rate of more than 50 percent, including two states with a participation rate of more than 74 percent, in addition to 3 states that recorded a participation rate of between 40 and 50 percent, and 14 states between 30 and 40 percent.
A participation rate of more than 25 percent was recorded in 5 states, and a rate ranging between 20 and 25 percent in 7 states.
Sharafi stressed that this percentage remains temporary, pending accurate details of the electoral process, which will be announced later.
And legislative elections were held yesterday to select 407 new deputies in the National People's Assembly (the lower house of parliament) for a period of five years.
1,483 lists participated in the elections, including 646 party lists and 837 free candidates' lists, while official results are expected to be released later today.