Libya’s HNEC Blames Government for Postponing Elections

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The Head of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh blamed the government, judiciary, and the Parliament for the postponement of the 24 December elections

In press statements, Al-Sayeh revealed that proposing the 24 January date came on the condition that the Libyan Parliament raise the case of force majeure. He explained that the concept of force majeure exists in all countries, and is not necessarily related to any procedures.

Al-Sayeh pointed out that all appeals were considered by the judiciary in terms of form, not subject. “If the judiciary has considered all appealers in their subject, it would agree with the commission in its decision,” he explained.

“Although the commission provided evidence of 11 cases of fraud of candidates for the Presidency, the judiciary had a different opinion, because it looked at these cases in terms of form and not content,” he added.

Al-Sayeh called on the Parliament to approve HNEC’s proposed new date for elections, set another date, or even request a postponement of the elections. He warned that setting another date in February or March “would force the commission to change the voter records to include larger numbers of people with the right to vote, and this would take a long time.”

Previously, the Head of the High National Election Commission (HNEC), Emad El-Sayeh, said the commission does not have any technical problem in holding the elections on time.