- Title: ALGERIA: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES MEET TO DISCUSS ALLEGED VOTE-RIGGING.
- Date: 14th April 1999
- Summary: ALGIERS, ALGERIA (APRIL 13, 1999) (REUTERS) 1. GV: SOCIALIST FORCES FRONT BUILDING 0.05 2. SCU/PAN: AHMED TALED AL ABRIHIM (CANDIDATE) 0.13 3. MCU/SV: ADALLAH GADALLA (INDEPENDENT ISLAMIST CANDIDATE) (BEARDED)/ MOULAUD HAMROUCHE ARRIVING (2 SHOTS) 0.38 5. SV/PAN: MOKDAD SIFI ARRIVING 0.50 6. CU: CUTAWAY 0.51 7. SV: YOUCEF EL-KHATIB ARRIVING 1.02 8. SCU: CUTAWAY 1.05 9. GV/MV/ZOOM/CU: PHOTO-OP OF ANTI-CORRUPTION COALTION (5 SHOTS) 1.27 10. CU: (SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) JAMAL ZENATI (SFF CAMPAIGN LEADER) READING THE COMMUNIQUE: "All the information we have, although the guarantees given by the president and chief of staff that the elections will be fair, is that it has been proved that forgery has started at the remote office and private offices (between army and police). Because of that we are asking for the cancellation of results from these offices. And because of the crucial circumstances we have asked for an urgent meeting with the president. In light of this meeting we will declare our final stand." 2.18 11. CU: PRESS SCRAMBLE 2.20 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ALGIERS, ALGERIA
- Country: Algeria
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- Story Text: Six Algerian presidential hopefuls have called for an
urgent meeting with outgoing President Liamine Zeroual to stop
vote-rigging which they claim has already started in favour of
the army candidate.
The six were expected to meet Zeroual on Wednesday
(April 14) morning, just one day before the poll to choose a
president that Algerians hope will lead them out of a long
cycle of violence in which over 70,000 people have been killed.
They said in a joint statement after a meeting on Tuesday
(April 13) that they have evidence of vote fraud in military
barracks where half a million members of the army, police and
customs service started casting their ballots on Monday.
The head of Algeria's election watchdog earlier dismissed
as "exaggerations" opposition charges that the army-led
authority was trying to fix Thursday's poll.
But the FFS said its supporters have discovered many blank
ballot papers already stamped with the government seal.
"Thousands and thousands of these papers have been
distributed nationwide," Jamal Zenati told reporters waving
dozens of the blank ballot papers.
"This is another evidence that the administration intends
to falsify the election," he added.
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