Libyan MP: Amending Electoral Laws Means Returning to Square One


Abdel Moneim Al-Arfi, a Member of Parliament (MP), expressed concerns over potential amendments to Libya’s electoral laws. He believes that opening the door to such changes could reset progress back to square one. Al-Arfi’s statement highlights the delicate nature of electoral reform in Libya’s political landscape.

Recent talks in Bouznika, Morocco, saw significant but incomplete progress in resolving electoral law disputes. According to Fathi al-Marimi, Adviser to the Speaker of Parliament, the discussions addressed key points but left controversial issues unresolved. These unresolved issues include the candidacy eligibility of military personnel, dual nationals, and individuals with final court decisions. The commission, tasked with these talks, aims to build consensus for comprehensive electoral laws to be presented to the Libyan Parliament.

Al-Arfi warned of the risks associated with formulating electoral laws that could lead to the exclusion of potential presidential candidates. He argued that certain groups in Libya might try to exclude specific personalities, which could threaten the entire electoral process. Ensuring the participation of all parties is crucial to convey the election results effectively. Al-Arfi emphasised the need for fair candidate opportunities and the acceptance of electoral results by all parties.

The 6 + 6 Joint Committee, working on the electoral law issue, reported a breakthrough regarding the election of the Head of State and the involvement of political parties in the House of Representatives (HoR) elections. However, details of the agreement were not specified. The Joint Committee called for the formation of a unified government to facilitate electoral events, stressing the importance of prioritising the interests of Libyan citizens in this transitional phase.

Notably, a former member of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ayman Badr, voiced allegations that the mission is “among those obstructing Libyans from reaching elections, and ensuring safety in the nation.”

Badr’s comments shed light on the controversial role of international intervention in Libya, describing it as “more of a hindrance than a solution.”

Furthermore, he expressed his discontent with the lack of tangible progress made by UNSMIL, since it assumed its responsibilities.
Speaking to the press, Badr criticised the conduct of former Envoys, suggesting that they “raise concerns once they have left their posts, often discussing issues they did not address during their tenure.”