US Embassy: Libya ‘Technically’ Ready to Hold National Elections

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The US Embassy in Libya congratulated the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) on continuing to organise the necessary technical arrangements for a successful election on 24 December.

Notably, HNEC stated that a total of 2,834,451 people have signed up to vote in the upcoming elections. Overseas registration was closed on 17 September, with over 10,712 Libyans signing up to vote.

The highest number of voters were registered in the United Kingdom with 2,040, followed by Egypt with 1,290, and then Turkey, with 905 voters.

The US Embassy claimed that HNEC’s statement confirms that Libya and the Libyan people are ready for the elections from a technical point of view.

Libya, home to around 6.8 million people, has been working to hold general elections in December in a bid to end the country’s decade-long conflict.

On Wednesday, a US delegation including the Counselor of the US Department of State, Derek Chollet, and US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland held a meeting with Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba.

Chollet confirmed US support for the GNU, and its preparations for the December elections. “It’s a pleasure to visit Tripoli along with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland. We met PM Dabaiba to reaffirm US support for the GNU’s work to stabilize #Libya politically and economically, and to prepare for December’s elections,” the US Embassy in Tripoli tweeted.

Dbaiba stressed that his government attaches the utmost importance to the success of the upcoming elections. He pointed out the GNU has allocated the necessary financial resources to HNEC, and was working to ensure security and stability across the country.