The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, met with the Chairman of the High National Elections Committee (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh, to discuss the latest developments regarding the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
During a meeting on Saturday, Al-Sayeh confirmed that the HNEC received the laws issued by the House of Representatives (HoR), in accordance with the recommendations of the 6+6 Joint Committee.
On Thursday, Saleh referred the laws for the presidential and parliamentary elections to the HNEC.
The Libyan Parliament unanimously passed laws for the presidential and parliamentary elections, according to Spokesperson, Abdullah Blaiheg.
The legislation was prepared by the 6+6 Joint Committee, which consists of Members of Parliament (MPs) and members of the High Council of State (HCS).
During the session in Benghazi, Ageela Saleh, announced that he had received the election laws from MP, Jalal Al-Shuaybi.
Saleh confirmed that these laws, in accordance with constitutional amendments, are inclusive and do not exclude any eligible candidates, whether civilian or military.
He further revealed that anyone who does not succeed in the elections, can return to their previous position.
Saleh praised the 6 + 6 Joint Committee for achieving this milestone, and stated that it lays the foundation for consolidating authority in the country. He added that the laws are fulfilling the Libyan people’s desire for elections.
Moreover, the Speaker called on the United Nations (UN) to mobilise international support for the formation of a unified government tasked with conducting the elections.
In his letter to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Saleh reaffirmed the Parliament’s commitment to holding elections.
“This commitment is reflected in the unanimous approval of the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections, which were developed by the 6+6 Joint Committee and are based on the 13th constitutional amendment,” he said.
For its part, the HCS in Libya has taken a stance against the Parliament Speaker, accusing him of failing to adhere to electoral laws.
In response to the approval of laws, Mohamed Maazeb, a member of the HCS, voiced concerns.
He stated to Sputnik News, “Ageela Saleh is attempting to form a new government without abiding by electoral laws,” emphasising that Saleh intends to retain these laws until his objectives are met.