Head of Libya’s Elections Commission Sets July as Deadline for Receiving Elections Law


On Sunday, the Head of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Din Al-Sayeh, confirmed that the Commission had set the coming month of July as a deadline to receive the laws necessary for conducting the electoral process.

Al-Sayeh indicated that the presidential elections would take a longer time than the parliamentary elections. He also reported progress made in terms of the Commission’s technical preparedness and stressed the need for holding elections on the basis of the electoral legislation which should be adopted in the coming period.

Last week, the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) held a virtual meeting to discuss the legislative and legal foundations necessary for holding the national elections. The Legal Committee, which started its work last week, includes 18 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF). It aims to follow up on the discussions of the Constitutional Committee that consists of people from the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State, and also aims at making recommendations for the purpose of assisting the UNSMIL-led peace process.

A total of 75 members representing the social and political spectrum of the Libyan society participated in the UN-sponsored LPDF held during 7-15 November in Tunis to discuss a political roadmap aimed at achieving a lasting peace in war-torn Libya. The participants agreed to hold general elections in Libya on 24 December 2021 and also voted through a mechanism to select the unified executive authority of the country.