A delegation of the Libyan Parliament, headed by the First Deputy Speaker, Fawzi Al-Nuwayri met with the President of the Italian Senate, Elisabetta Casellati to discuss strengthening bilateral relations.
During the meeting, Al-Nuwayri confirmed that the Parliament has successfully submitted the electoral laws for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. He added that “holding the elections is an irreversible matter. The elections are the basis that will enhance security and stability in Libya. It is a requirement for all Libyans.”
The Deputy Speaker of parliament explained that there are internal challenges that can be overcome through national reconciliation, unification of institutions, and the collection of arms. He described the external interference in Libyan affairs and the presence of foreign forces as “a worrying matter.”
In turn, Casellati confirmed Italy’s strong support for the holding of the Libyan elections, stressing that governments only gain their legitimacy from elections, and that Libya’s stability depends on holding the elections on time.
Notably, Head of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Din Al-Sayeh, confirmed that the commission will start distributing voter cards and registering candidacy applications for the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections within the next 10 days.
The Parliament Deputy speaker stressed that the commission is awaiting the final issuance of the election laws, calling for technical amendments to be made to the presidential election law. He confirmed that such amendments are related to the electoral process, not the legislation.
Recently, the Libyan Parliament approved a law for parliamentary elections to take place a month after the planned 24 December presidential elections.
The Parliament Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg said they had approved all articles of the law, which will keep Parliament with the same number of MP’s.