Algeria highlights respect for voting time as top guarantee for democracy

Algeria’s higher independent commission for surveillance of elections said on Sunday that respect for the voting time is a top guarantee for democracy.

The call for the electorate to cast their votes in the presidential election clearly indicated that Algeria pursues one of the most important international criteria for good governance, Abdulwahab Dirbal, chief of the commission, told the national radio.

A day earlier, Ali Ghediri, a former personnel director in defence ministry, announced that he would run for president in the election scheduled for April 18.

Ghediri, 64, is the first to announce candidacy against 81-year-old incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been in power since 1999.