Libya: UN calls to respect the will of the millions of Libyans who registered to vote

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On December 22, the Libyan National Electoral Commission announced that, despite its technical preparation, can not meet the date of December 24 of 2021 set by the political roadmap for the national elections due to obstacles related to the deficiencies in the electoral legislation and the process of challenges and appeals related to the eligibility of candidates.

In this context, the Commission asked the House of Representatives to mark a new date for the first round of the presidential election within thirty days, in accordance with the law, taking the necessary measures to face the difficulties faced by the completion of the electoral process.

The United Nations Secretary-General congratulated the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote and called on the country’s institutions to listen to the population and satisfy their wish.

It is imperative that the will of the people is respected”Emphasized António Guterres in a statement from his spokesperson.

Guterres pointed out that Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections should be held in “adequate conditions to end the political transition peacefully and transfer power to democratically elected institutions ”.

He added that he had taken note of the recommendation of the Libyan Higher National Electoral Commission to the House of Representatives and welcomed its continued commitment to the ongoing presidential and parliamentary electoral process.

For her part, the UN special adviser for Libya, Stephanie Williams, recalled this Thursday the “overwhelming desire of Libyans to go to the polls to determine their future and end the long transition period by holding inclusive, free, fair and credible elections ”and urged not to ignore this cry.

“I call on the institutions of the country to respect and support the will of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote, “said Williams, in line with the Secretary General.

In a statement, the diplomat stated that in order to contribute to a solution to the political crisis in Libya and to lasting stability, the presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in the appropriate and appropriate conditions. equality between all candidates.

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These internally displaced women are being transferred to a detention center in Tripoli, Libya, at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Elections, part of the solution, not the problem

Williams alluded to genuine hopes of the Libyans “that the elections should be part of the solution and not part of the problem in Libya.”

He argued that the current challenges of the electoral process “in no way should they be used to undermine stability and the progress that has been made in Libya over the past 15 months ”.

Along these lines, he urged the institutions involved and all political actors “to concentrate on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions for ensure the holding of inclusive, free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, the result of which is accepted by all parties ”.

On the other hand, it took note of the Commission’s recommendation to the House of Representatives and expressed satisfaction with its commitment to the electoral process and to the continuation of the examination of candidate applications to the parliamentary elections.

Good offices and mediation

He also expressed his willingness to work with Libyan institutions and with all stakeholders to address challenges through good offices and mediation.

Williams, who arrived in Libya this month, highlighted the change from the conflict discourse to one of peaceful dialogue by groups that until last year were antagonists and highlighted the progress made since the signing of the ceasefire in October 2020, which has been maintained until now.

The North African oil country plunged into chaos and civil war since in 2011 rebel forces supported militarily by a NATO-led coalition overthrew the president Muammar al-Gaddafi. The crisis led two rival groups to establish administrations: a UN-recognized government based in Tripoli, and another in charge of the self-styled Libyan National Army.

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