Libyan Elections Commission: Overseas Voter Registration to Start on 18th August


On Saturday, the Chairman of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad El-Sayeh, announced that Libyans living overseas can register to vote for the planned 24th of December 2021 elections starting on the 18th of August. Registration will be open for 30 days, ending on Wednesday, the 15th of September.

In a press conference, El-Sayeh said that the registration process will be conducted through a registration link on HNEC’s website.

He had previously announced that voter registration in Libya, which ended on the 31st of July, was now being extended until the 17th of August, due to the high number of people registering in the system. This had peaked at 30,000 registrations in a day.

In July, Libya’s interim Prime Minister, Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba called on all Libyan political parties to make concessions to render the election process a success and prioritize Libya’s interests over personal demands.

Addressing a ceremony marking the inauguration of the election media centre, he said his government would take measures necessary for approving the election process.

On his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, expressed hope that HNEC would proceed with its work according to the schedule in line with the roadmap emanating from the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).

Last month, the LPDF, a 75-member body from all sectors in Libya, concluded its five days of talks in a hotel outside Geneva on Friday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said.

Participants in the UN-brokered talks discussed several proposals for a constitutional basis for the elections, including some that were not consistent with the roadmap that set the vote on December 24th.