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Libya: Dates For Presidential And Parliamentary Elections Set

 

Imad al-Sayeh, head of Libya’s Election Commission, confirmed on Sunday that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be held before Sept. 30 next year.

“The voters’ registration process is going well. Around 1 million voters have already been registered, and the number is increasing,” Al-Sayeh told Xinhua.

Head of UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, in September proposed an action plan to end the Libyan political crisis.

The plan includes amendment of the current Libyan political agreement and holding parliamentary and presidential elections.

“All Libyans are entitled to participate as long as they have a national number,” Sayeh said, confirming that supporters and officials of the former regime are also entitled to take part in the upcoming elections.

“So far, there is no law that determines the conditions for candidates. We are waiting for such a law to be approved,” Sayeh added.

“According to the UN-proposed action plan, everyone can participate in the elections and there are no labelings or classifications,” Sayeh explained, when asked about the possibility for Saif Islam Gaddafi, son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi, to run in the elections.

Tunisia recently hosted UN-sponsored meetings between representatives of the Libyan political parties in order to introduce amendment to the political agreement.

Following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Gaddafi’s regime, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid political division and unrest.

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