HNEC: Libyan Elections Need Fair Laws

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Head of the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh said that Libya’s election laws, “are primarily responsible for securing the electoral process.”

During his attendance at a simulation of the elections, Al-Sayeh added that “the elections were postponed in order for us to be ready to hold them, and we are currently in the stage of developing competencies. Elections require a fair law accepted by all.”

He noted that he had made high-level contacts, to ensure that the elections would be secured. Al-Sayeh stressed that “if we had a fair election law, agreed upon by all parties, the elections would be able to proceed.”

Notably, a Member of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), Ahmed Al-Sharkasi claimed that “elections are the safest and only solution.”

“The people must bear the responsibility. For those who fear fraud or bought votes, the people are watching. The people who are content to sell their voice, or choose thieves from among their cousins at the expense of ability and efficiency, only have themselves to blame. The results of the elections are the results of our morals and values,” Al-Sharkasi said.

He called for people to “demand for elections to set things right.” He also called for them to “bear responsibility for the results, if they are good, then they are good, and if they are bad, then we should not then insult the corrupt political class, because corruption will then be rooted in us.

“Let us remember that corrupt peoples do not build a homeland, but rather end and destroy it,” he added.

Libya has been mired in conflict since Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. Plagued by divisions between competing institutions in the east and west, Libya remains split between rival forces, with two opposing executives in place since February.