Libyan Election Committee Calls For Elections in Libya

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On Sunday, the Head of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad al-Din al-Sayeh, called on the participants in the Dialogue Committee talks in Tunis to hold parliamentary, presidential, and constitutional elections as soon as possible.

During his word at the Dialogue Committee talks, al-Sayeh recommended engaging the HNEC in drafting electoral laws in line with the technical methods for properly completing the elections.

He added that the HNEC needs 90 days to re-arrange all its internal preparations due to the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) halt of funds to the Libyan elections commission.

Al-Sayeh also stressed the necessity of involving all components of the Libyan people in the coming electoral process as was the case in previous parliamentary elections.

Notably, the UN acting envoy to Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams, said that the participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum arrived on Saturday in Tunisia ahead of the Monday meeting.

Williams added that the meeting in Tunis will be under the umbrella of UNSC resolutions and Berlin Conference conclusions, which are the basis for the ongoing UNSMIL-facilitated tracks.

She said that participants will seek to reach an agreement for holding elections. This takes into account the need for a united executive authority as well as a constitutional framework that leads to those long-awaited elections.

“Our goal is to bring back legitimacy to Libya’s state bodies via democratic election. An upcoming new united executive authority will ensure provision of vital services and pave the way for national reconciliation,” Williams added.

She said there is now a momentum in Libya after the ceasefire agreement and the meeting of the Joint Military Commission in Ghadames, in addition to the resumption of oil production and exports.