El-Sayeh Affirms Integrity & Impartiality of Libyan Election Commission


The Head of the Libya’s High National Election Commission (HNEC), Emad El-Sayeh, stressed that the impartiality of the commission and the independence of the Libyan judiciary are “the guarantees for the integrity of the upcoming parliamentarian and presidential elections.”

“The goal of the elections is to unify the institutions of the Libyan state, and the basic guarantees for it are that the HNEC is an independent and impartial body that is not subject to any political party,” El-Sayeh told Russia’s Sputnik news agency.

“The HNEC works to implement international standards and principles and be supported by an international team of experts from the United Nations (UN),” he added.

He stressed that the commission is “a technical body” specialized in implementing the electoral laws referred to it by the legislative authority represented in the House of Representatives (HoR), and it is not involved in political quarrels or differences between the various political parties.

The Head of the HNEC warned that “the absence of political will to move towards peaceful change will lead to unimaginable consequences.”

He confirmed that the commission is at the highest level of readiness to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Regarding the mechanism by which the elections will be monitored, El-Sayeh said that “local and international organizations are invited to observe the elections scheduled for December 24th this year.”

On Sunday, Head of the Libya’s HNEC, Emad Al-Sayeh, said the registration for candidates in Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections will open in November.

During a press conference on Sunday he confirmed that the first round of the presidential elections will be on December 24, while the second round will take place simultaneously with the parliamentary elections, “will then be held at a later date.”

The HNEC also published the lists of voters registered on October 25th.” Appeals to should only be submitted within 48 hours from the list’s publication,” he noted.

Notably, the Libyan Parliament approved a law for parliamentary elections to take place a month after the planned 24th of December presidential elections.