The director of the Excessive Electoral Fee of Libya (HNEC) defined Monday, January 3 to the deputies on the explanations for the postponement of the presidential election, initially scheduled for December 24, citing a number of authorized, safety and political obstacles .
Libya has been plunged into an limitless political transition for the reason that 2011 revolt which ended 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship.
Offered because the fruits of a peace course of sponsored by the UN, the presidential election of December 24 was postponed in extremis towards a background of disagreements between rival camps regarding the poll that needed to contest 100 candidates, some significantly divisive.
As well as, safety incidents and political interference pushed, lower than 48 hours earlier than D-Day, the postponement of the ballot, mentioned Imad Al-Sayeh, convened Monday by the Parliament sitting in Tobruk, within the east of the nation.
Instances of electoral fraud
The electoral course of was additionally weakened by a number of appeals filed in courtroom to invalidate sure controversial candidacies, particularly that of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator. « Twenty-four hours after the opening of the submitting of appeals towards choices to exclude candidates, twenty-six appeals had been lodged », recalled Mr. Sayeh.
Among the many controversial candidates have been additionally the outgoing Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, who had promised to not run, and the strongman of jap Libya, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, writer of an abortive offensive in 2019 to beat Tripoli.
Authorized difficulties « Required an extended interval » as a result of « Justice has examined the appeals and appeals solely on the shape, not on the substance », underlined the director of the HNEC.
He additionally denounced instances of electoral fraud, generally « Blatant », generally « Hidden and involving extra time to be detected ». « If we had had extra time, we may have diminished the variety of candidates to twenty and it will have been simpler to detect instances of fraud », he insisted.
On securing polling stations, Mr. Sayeh admitted that regardless of a « Bold plan », authorities « Got here up towards the truth on the bottom ».
The Election Authority had proposed as a brand new date on January 24, a proposal rejected by Parliament, which is now contemplating a « New roadmap ». In entrance of MPs on Monday, Sayeh admitted the impossibility of an election on January 24 « So long as the obstacles persist ».
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