On Thursday, Algeria will hold elections for the country’s 462-seat National Assembly. The elections are organized on the backdrop of steadily declining participation rates and widespread voter indifference. Voter participation rates in National Assembly elections have fallen steadily over the past 20 years: from 55.7 percent in 1997 to 46.2 percent in 2002 and 35.5 percent in 2007, with a slight increase to 43.1 percent in 2012.
The decline in electoral participation in part reflects a lack of confidence in the National Assembly to meet the pressing political and economic challenges facing Algeria. According to the 2015 Afro Barometer survey, only 31.2 percent of respondents indicated that they trusted or somewhat trusted parliament, while only 29.6 percent of respondents reported to approve or strongly approve of parliament performance.… Seguir leyendo »