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Libya's elections commission to start registering candidates in November

October 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Libyans cast their ballots during the second round of municipal elections, at a voting center in the Andalus neighbourhood of the capital Tripoli, on January 7, 2021 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images]

Registration for candidates in Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections should open in November, the head of the High National Elections Commission, said on Sunday reported Reuters.

Emad al-Sayah said the registration process should open by mid-November after technical and logistical preparations are completed.

Elections have been viewed as a key step in efforts to end a decade of violence by creating a new political leadership whose legitimacy is widely accepted.

But wrangling over the constitutional basis for elections, the rules governing the vote and questions over its credibility have threatened to unravel the country’s peace process in recent months.

Read: Libya PM backs December elections

Libya’s prime minister and several foreign powers on Thursday endorsed the holding of a national election on December 24 as envisaged in a UN-backed peace plan aimed at resolving years of turmoil and division.

However, although parliament has issued a law for the presidential election on that date, it has also issued a separate law saying the parliamentary election will happen at a later date. Other political institutions in Libya have rejected parliament’s proposals.

The first round of the presidential election is due to be held on December 24. A second round, along with a parliamentary election, will then be held at a later date, said al-Sayah.