UN and US support for Libya… Referring the files of presidential candidates to the security authorities for research and verification
A source in the High Electoral Commission revealed – to Al Jazeera – that the commission will transfer, on Thursday, the files of the presidential election candidates to the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations and the General Administration of Passports and Nationality; To check and verify that all documents are complete.
The High Commission had previously clarified that accepting candidacy applications does not necessarily mean their approval.
She added that she will – after completing the verification and auditing process of the candidates’ requests and completing the responses of the relevant authorities – to publish the initial lists, which are the lists that include the names of the candidates who have fulfilled all the conditions and documents, for the purpose of opening the door for appeals and proceeding with consideration by the committees of primary appeals and appeals in the relevant courts. This phase lasts 12 days.
The commission indicated that when the appeals stage is completed and decided upon, it will publish the final lists, which are the requests that have passed the litigation and appeals stage, and include the names of the approved candidates on the ballot paper that will be delivered to the voter on polling day; for the purpose of voting.
US and international support
And the US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, announced that he assured the head of the Libyan Electoral Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, that Washington “will continue to support the efforts of the High National Elections Commission, to ensure the security and integrity of the voting process as an essential part of allowing Libyan voters to decide the future of the country.”
On Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that the international organization is working closely with the transitional authorities in Libya to ensure a ceasefire and the holding of elections on schedule next month.
Haftar and Gaddafi
Retired Libyan Major General Khalifa Haftar announced – yesterday, Tuesday – his candidacy for the presidential elections scheduled for December 24 next.
Haftar said in a televised speech recently broadcast by local media – including the “Libya Al-Ahrar” and “Libya Al-Hadath” channels – that his candidacy “is not a request for power or a search for a position, but rather to lead our people in a fateful stage towards glory, progress and prosperity,” as he put it.
And on Sunday, the Electoral Commission announced that it had accepted the nomination papers of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, 49, which sparked popular anger that led on Monday to the closure of 3 offices of the commission in Zliten, Al-Zawiya (west) and Al-Jabal 1 Gharyan (south of the capital, Tripoli), according to “February” and “Tripoli” channels. Free Libya.
On Sunday, the Office of the Military Prosecutor General demanded – through an official correspondence – the Electoral Commission to stop the procedures for the candidacy of both Saif al-Islam and Haftar, “until they comply with the investigation.”
The commission opened the door for candidacy on November 8, and it will continue until November 22 for the presidential elections, and until December 7 for the parliamentary elections.
Libyans hope that the elections will contribute to ending the armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country.
Under the auspices of the United Nations, Libya witnessed a few months ago a political breakthrough. On March 16, an elected transitional authority comprising a unity government and a presidential council assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.
But weeks ago, disagreements erupted over the powers and election laws between the House of Representatives on the one hand, and the Supreme Council of State (parliamentary-advisory), the unity government and the Presidential Council on the other.
The House of Representatives in the city of Tobruk approved the parliamentary elections law without consultation or agreement with the Supreme Council of State, and the law adopts individual representation without the presence of parties in it, contrary to the wording of the draft law presented by the Supreme Council of State and depends on the number of electoral districts.
The adoption of the Parliamentary Elections Law came after the adoption of the controversial presidential election law, which was approved by Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh without submitting it to a vote, which sparked a wave of resentment among a large number of political parties.
The House of Representatives also approved the holding of parliamentary elections a month after the presidential elections, which was rejected by the Supreme Council of State, blaming Parliament for any delay.
Al-Jazeera correspondent pointed out at the time that the Electoral Commission will adopt the laws issued by the House of Representatives exclusively.