Libya’s 6+6 Committee Accuses UN Envoy of Bias in Elections

UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily
UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily

Libya’s 6+6 Joint Committee responsible for drafting laws for the general elections has rejected an attempt by the UN Mission (UNSMIL) “to impose its views on the Libyan issue.”

The committee accused UN Envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily of “attempting to favour one side over the other, and deepening the state of political division in the country.”

The committee expressed its dissatisfaction with the political position of UNSMIL towards the parties involved. It called on Bathily to “support the roadmap presented to the two chambers, and to support the unification of institutions by forming a unified government.”

“The committee’s work is purely Libyan in nature, fulfilling the aspirations of the Libyan people to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections to end the state of division, and political fragmentation,” the Committee said in a statement.

Notably, the Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh met with Bathily in Benghazi.

The meeting focused on the evolving political conditions in Libya, charting a roadmap for the upcoming phase, and discussing the outcomes of the electoral law drafting committee and the establishment of a unified government across the nation.

Saleh reaffirmed the Parliament’s commitment to forging ahead in drafting a new roadmap for the forthcoming stage. The focus was on examining the outcomes of the 6+6 Committee with the intention of reaching a consensus on electoral laws.

The ultimate aim is to facilitate the conduct of Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible.

For its part, the UN has pledged to continue supporting the efforts of the Libyan Presidential Council, aimed at achieving the national reconciliation project.

This was confirmed during a meeting between Bathily and the Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi.

The two discussed the latest developments in the country, particularly elections, national reconciliation, and the outcomes of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) meetings, which took place in Paris recently.