The UN Adviser in Libya discusses proposals and solutions regarding a new date for the elections
The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Libya Stephanie Williams held meetings with Libyan parties, to discuss proposals and solutions regarding the elections and the political situation in the country.
The Presidential Council of Libya said that, during its meeting with Williams, it stressed the importance of commitment to the outcomes of the Libyan political dialogue, and the success of national reconciliation, in preparation for holding the elections.
The Council indicated in a statement that the meeting, which took place in the capital, Tripoli, on Monday, and brought together the Chairman of the Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, and his two deputies, Musa Al-Koni and Abdullah Al-Lafi, in addition to Williams, discussed the latest developments in the political process in Libya.
In turn, the UN adviser said in a tweet on Twitter that she stressed during the meeting the importance of concerted efforts to advance the electoral process, and also renewed the commitment of the United Nations to support the Libyan people and the relevant authorities to achieve their goals, and described her meeting with members of the Presidential Council as fruitful.
Regarding the Libyan elections, Williams said, in another tweet, that during her meeting with representatives of the National Forces for Change, at the headquarters of the UN mission in Tripoli, she reviewed their proposals for holding the elections in a sequential manner with the start of the parliamentary elections.
Williams said that she stressed during the meeting what she called the need to continue working to achieve the aspirations of the two million and 800,000 Libyans who registered to vote.
the majeure force
And yesterday, Monday, the Libyan House of Representatives announced the suspension of its session devoted to hearing the Electoral Commission, asking it to submit a proposal for the date of the elections, after the presidential elections could not be held on December 24.
“The session concluded that the commission communicated with all parties and agencies concerned with the electoral process to remove force majeure and set a new date for the elections,” the council’s spokesman, Abdullah Blihaq, said in a video statement.
Meanwhile, the head of the Electoral Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, said on Monday that “force majeure” prevented the elections from taking place on time.
He explained that this force majeure is represented in “conflicting judicial rulings, rulings issued after the time period specified by the law, and threats to the commission if it issues the final list with the names of specific (unspecified) candidates.”
And he added, “We suggested that January 24 (this year) be another day for voting in the event that force majeure and circumstances cease to exist.”
The Libyans hope that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will contribute to ending the armed conflict that has plagued their oil-rich country for years.
The presidential elections were supposed to take place on December 24 last, according to the plan sponsored by the United Nations, but the Electoral Commission announced two days ahead of its scheduled date that it could not be held, and suggested postponing it to January 24, while the House of Representatives proposed ( Parliament) conducted after 6 months.
The inability to hold the elections came as a result of disputes between official Libyan institutions, especially regarding the electoral laws and the role of the judiciary in this entitlement.