Libya.. The House of Representatives summons the administration of the High National Elections Commission to hold it accountable
The spokesman for the Libyan House of Representatives, Abdullah Blehaq, said that the House decided in its session yesterday, Monday in Tobruk, to summon the administration of the High National Elections Commission and to question it about the obstacles that prevented the holding of the elections on their scheduled date on the 24th of this month.
Blihaq added that the Council also reviewed a number of reports, including the report of the Parliamentary Committee in charge of communicating with the Commission, and reports of a confidential nature for the General Intelligence and the Ministry of Interior.
Meanwhile, the controversy continues over the date of the presidential elections, as the House of Representatives discussed proposals to develop a new road map for the electoral process after failing to hold it on schedule.
Al-Hadi Al-Saghir, head of the Parliament’s Election Monitoring Committee, advised, upon reading the committee’s report, not to set a date for the presidential and parliamentary elections, which could not be held.
The report recommended the need to “start amending the draft constitution, through a specific technical committee of the House of Representatives and with fair participation of the State Council, to rebuild a draft constitution that achieves the national interest.”
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee also recommended restructuring the executive authority to achieve the requirements of stability, which the current authority has been unable to achieve, in reference to the National Unity Government based in Tripoli.
He also accused the Electoral Commission of violating the presidential election law on the conditions for accepting candidates, which led to a cycle of appeal and counter-appeal, as he put it.
The Parliamentary Elections Follow-up Committee announced last week the “impossibility” of holding the presidential elections on time, due to circumstances linked to technical, judicial and security reports.
As a result, the High National Elections Commission submitted a proposal to the House of Representatives to postpone the presidential elections by a month until next January 24, on condition that the elections take place on the proposed date, to remove what it described as “force majeure” to complete the electoral process.
But Blehaq confirmed that he had not received an official proposal from the commission to hold the presidential elections at the end of next month.
He also pointed out that the House of Representatives intends to vote during the next session, declaring the British ambassador persona non grata, explaining that the session was suspended until Tuesday.
This comes against the backdrop of criticism against Britain after it issued, in the past two days, positions in which it affirmed its support for the unity government, refusing to form a new government or parallel bodies.
The elections were scheduled for December 24, but were postponed due to differences over the basic rules governing them, including the eligibility of candidates and the role of the judiciary in appeals.
The parliament session was held yesterday in light of warnings and criticisms directed by the President of the Supreme Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, to the parliament in Tobruk, regarding what he called unilateral decisions regarding the elections.
Al-Mashri considered that any step taken by the House of Representatives unilaterally and without agreement with the Supreme Council of State, will be doomed to failure, whether it is related to the road map, or the adoption of laws, or any attempt to amend the executive authority.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya Stephanie Williams said on Monday that the main concern after the postponement of elections scheduled in Libya last week should be on how to proceed with the elections, not on the fate of the government.
Most Libyans want an end to “this endless transition period,” Williams told Reuters in an interview.
Asked if she thought the National Unity Government’s mandate still stood, Williams said it was up to Parliament, but “the main focus should be on holding the elections.”
She added that any changes to the government should be made in accordance with the rules established by previous political agreements that gained international recognition.
A roadmap approved by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum last year called for holding parliamentary and presidential elections simultaneously. Williams was then the acting UN envoy.