The number of candidates for the Libyan presidential elections reached 30, after 7 candidates submitted, today, Saturday, to the High Electoral Commission, which is scheduled for next December 24, while the Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, saw that any obstruction of what he called correcting the course of conducting the electoral process It will cost the country a lot.
According to what the Anatolia news agency quoted Libyan media as saying, today the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, Muhammad Al-Hadi Al-Hatwash, Abdul-Majid Seif Al-Nasr, Bashir Salih, Bashir Al-Zweik, Wudu Abdullah Abu Dawiya, and Mabrouk Abu Dean.
While presenting his file, Aqila Saleh (77 years) said – in statements carried by the “Libya Vote” TV station dedicated to the Libyan elections – “I came today to the headquarters of the High National Elections Commission in the city of Benghazi, which is striving to submit the documents required for my candidacy for the position of President of the Libyan State,” calling on citizens to participate in the elections extensively.
Crisis and exit
Saleh saw that the elections are the only way out of the crisis, calling on everyone to respect their results.
Othman Abdul Jalil, Abdul Salam Younis Rahil, Fathi Bashagha, Muhammad Khaled Al-Ghaweel, Marwan Omeish, Abdul Hakim Akshim, Ismail Al-Shtiwi, Osama Al-Barasi, Muhammad Ahmad Al-Sharif, Muhammad Ali Al-Mahdi, Ahmed Amateeq, Ali Zaidan and Aref Al-Nayed were nominated. For the presidential elections since the opening of the door for candidacy.
Also nominated for the presidential elections are: Muhammad Al-Mazoughi, Abdullah Naker, Fathi Bin Shatwan, Abdul Hakim Zamouna, Khalifa Haftar, Asaad Mohsen Zhio, Faydan Eid Hamza, Al-Senussi Abdul Salam Al-Zawi, Abdul Hakim Bayou, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi.
On the eighth of this November, the commission opened the door for candidacy, which will continue until the 22nd of the same month for the presidential elections, and the seventh of next December for the parliamentary elections.
It is expected that Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba will present his papers this week, according to a Libyan government source.
position and warning
Dabaiba said – in previous statements to him today, Saturday – that any obstruction of what he called correcting the course of conducting the electoral process will cost the country a lot, as he put it.
Dabaiba added that we cannot again allow the people’s fate to be tampered with, considering that the upcoming elections are tailored to specific people, he said.
Al-Dabaiba stated that the conflicting election laws increase the suffering of the Libyans, stressing that the opinion of the Libyans must be the final decision, warning that the law will turn into a tool for political exploitation, as he put it.
This comes at a time when the final statement of the Forum for Correcting the Course of Elections in the city of Tarhuna (southeast of Tripoli) saw that the head of the High National Elections Commission deals unbalancedly with the parties to the conflict, and ignores objections to electoral laws.
The statement, in which a number of mayors and associations of martyrs and wounded participated, blamed the Libyan House of Representatives, held in Tobruk, for the failure of the electoral process due to its adoption of electoral laws without consensus.
These elections – scheduled for next December 24 – are the first to be held by universal suffrage in Libya, and come as the culmination of a political process sponsored by the United Nations, and more than 2.83 million out of 7 million Libyans registered to vote in it.
The international community believes that holding presidential elections first, followed by legislative elections a month later, is necessary to calm the situation in the country.
However, in a security context that is still fragile and political disputes persist, including a dispute over the date of the elections, the conduct of the poll remains uncertain.
Last September, Saleh approved the text related to the presidential elections without submitting it to the deputies for a vote, a decision that was challenged by the authorities in Tripoli (west), which led to a sharp escalation of tension.
Hundreds of Libyans demonstrated in the capital, Tripoli, and Misurata (west) to denounce the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar for the presidential elections.