Moroccans set to hit the Polls

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Cii Radio|Sabera Sheik Essop|08 October 2016| 06 Muharram 1438

Voters headed to the polls on Friday for the kingdom’s 10th parliamentary elections since independence in 1956 to define a new political map for the North African country.

About 16 million Moroccans out of the country’s 34 million people had registered to vote. They chose from 30 parties that were competing for power.

Voters from Morocco’s 95 electoral districts will elect members to serve five-year terms in the 395-member Chamber of Representatives, the lower house of parliament.

The winning party will be tasked by King Mohammed VI to form a coalition government, as the multi-party system makes it impossible for any political party to win an absolute majority.

Turnout in Friday’s elections will be closely watched as an indication of people’s trust in the country’s politicians, with projections indicating a fair amount of voter apathy expected as in past votes.
Source : Al Jazeera