The leaders of Moroccan political parties voted this Wednesday, September 8 in legislative, municipal and regional elections calling on citizens to “intensify their participation in this national event”.

Thus, the secretary general of the Istiklal party, Nizar Baraka, joined the polling station of the “Zubair bin Awam” school this morning at Hay Ryad in Rabat, to to fulfill its national duty.

In a statement to the press, Baraka, who is among the contenders for the first three places in these elections, confided that “the electoral process, which started on Wednesday in our country, has a special position since it will determine the image of the political landscape over the next five years ”.

“We hope the polling stations will produce a strong government. This is a key step that will produce strong elected institutions, and this is what King Mohammed called for, “he added.

For his part, Saad Eddine El Otmani, secretary general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), also went to the polling station in central Rabat. For El Otmani, “the postponement of the elections would have led us into the unknown”.

“There was a significant turnout, from the first hours of the morning, in several polling stations. For the first time, young people are voting and I ask them to participate massively. Because if the citizen does not engage in politics, it will affect him “, he stressed.

The outgoing head of government thus explained that “the strong participation in the polling stations reflects the maturity of democracy”, noting that “the success of Morocco is jealous”, reference made to the recent crisis with Algeria.

On the other hand, the secretary general of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Abdellatif Ouahbi, went to the polling station of the Al-Sharif Al-Idrisi high school in Hay Ryad in Rabat to vote, while the secretary general of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) Driss Lachgar, voted at Al Hassania school in Rabat.

The latter told the press that “the elections are taking place under exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19, which has affected our election campaign. But that made the communication even closer ”.

“This ballot has a particular character (…) and it is the responsibility of each citizen to face these challenges by going to the polling stations. Voting at this stage is more sacred, ”he said.

Other leaders of political parties also voted on Wednesday in Casablanca, Rabat or Agadir, like Nabila Mounib, secretary general of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) who voted © in Casablanca as well as the SG of the Constitutional Union, Mohamed Sajid.

For his part, Aziz Akhannouch, SG of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) voted in Agadir while the former head of government, Abdelillah Benkirane voted in Rabat in the Diour Jamaà ¢ district.

It should be remembered that the polling stations opened their doors this Wednesday, September 8 at 8 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. It is expected that the preliminary results of the elections will be announced in the evening by the Ministry of the Interior.

A statement from the Ministry of the Interior explained that the process of opening the polling stations took place, according to information received from the prefectures, provinces and region of the Kingdom, under normal circumstances.

The same note specified that the voting process would continue nationwide until 7 p.m. without interruption.

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