The Head of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh said that the independence of the Commission is “a red line that we will not allow anyone to cross.”
Al-Sayeh added in press statements that the Commission “is an independent constitutional institution that does not allow interference in its work, whether local or international. Some Libyan elites deliver the messages of foreign intelligence agencies, and act on their behalf in spreading their poison to Libyan society.”
“We will confront those who deliver hate speech that would affect the integrity of the electoral process, and those in charge of it,” Al-Sayeh said.
He stressed that the upcoming elections “are the last chance to get out of the political crisis,” affirming that HNEC “will spare no effort in making the elections a success.”
“The purpose of the elections is to consolidate the principle of a peaceful transfer of power, and the stability of the political situation,” he told Al-Sabah newspaper.
Last week, Al-Sayeh received several members of the 6+6 Joint Committee, tasked with drafting election laws.
HNEC said in a statement that the meeting “comes within the framework of the communication efforts made by the committee, with the parties concerned with the implementation of electoral laws.”
The meeting discussed a number of technical issues related to the drafting of electoral laws, based on international principles and standards. The two sides affirmed observance of the constitutional provisions included in the 13th Amendment of the Constitutional Declaration.
The meeting also touched on the issue of dividing districts, and distributing seats in the elections of the Parliament and the Senate. Views regarding the issue of electoral appeals and disputes were also exchanged.
HNEC vowed to provide “technical and legal advice in a way that facilitates the work of the committee and speeds up the issuance of laws to reach the implementation of the electoral map planned for this year.”