Libyan Parliament Urges New Date For Presidential Election

Libyan parliament has called on the High National Elections Commission to propose a new date for the presidential election as soon as possible.

The House of Representatives made the call in a parliament session, during which 80 of its members gathered to hear the briefing of the Commission’s head on the failure to hold the presidential election on schedule.

According to the parliament, the National Elections Commission should communicate with all departments and agencies involved in the electoral process in order to lift the state of force majeure and set a new date for the elections.

The head of High National Elections Commission, Emad al-Sayeh listed factors that prevented the presidential election from taking place on time as including conflicting legal rulings that were not released on time as well as threats made to the Commission against publishing the final list of presidential candidates containing certain names.

Head of High National Elections Commission, Emad al-Sayeh

Presidential election in Libya was scheduled for Dec. 24, 2021. However, along with the parliamentary elections, it was postponed indefinitely over technical and legal issues, according to the Commission.

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The elections are part of a roadmap adopted by the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which aimed at restoring peace to the country after years of political turmoil and violence.

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