France Reiterates Support for Libyan Elections


The Chairman of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh received France’s Special Envoy to Libya, Paul Soler, and French Ambassador, Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen in Tripoli.

Their meeting came as part of the “international community’s keenness at this important stage to support efforts aimed at achieving consensus among all parties involved in the electoral process.”

The meeting also dealt with the “political developments of the electoral process, in light of local and international developments.”

In turn, Soler affirmed France’ renewed support for the efforts to secure the elections. At the same time, he praised HNEC’s level of preparedness, and appreciated the efforts it has undertaken to hold Libya’s much-anticipated elections.

On Thursday, Al-Sayeh held a meeting with representatives of the United Nations, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). This was to discuss technical procedures for the country’s electoral process.

In a statement, HNEC said that the meeting discussed the preparations undertaken to hold the elections. It also, “reviewed a number of technical procedures for developing the electoral process, to ensure high levels of integrity and credibility in the elections.”

Last month, Al-Sayeh announced that the “force majeure that made it impossible to hold the elections last December has now ended.”

He said that the delay in issuing the election laws was the biggest factor in the force majeure.

Al-Sayeh stressed that elections are the only solution to end Libya’s crisis. As well as claiming that “what is rumoured about foreign interference is incorrect, given that the electoral process is a Libyan decision.”