UN Mission says completed preliminary technical review of Libya election laws

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 12 Oct 2023, 04:34 PM
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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced the completion of the preliminary technical review of Presidential Elections Law No. 28 of 2023 and Parliamentary Elections Law No. 27 of 2023, noting that there are four controversial issues that need to be addressed and resolved politically.

The mission said in a statement on Thursday that these issues are stipulating the mandatory second round of presidential elections regardless of the votes obtained by candidates, and stipulating the link between presidential and parliamentary elections, which makes the National Assembly elections contingent on the success of the presidential elections. 

It also added that the issue of forming a unified government to lead the country to elections and closing the page of interim governments needs to fully include all Libyans, including women and all cultural components.

UNSMIL praised the efforts of the 6+6 Joint Commission for drafting these laws, which reflect consensus among its members, expressing its appreciation of the progress made despite the challenges and pressures it faced.

Based on the initial review and consultations with the Libyan stakeholders, in particular the High National Elections Commission, the mission said it believes that the updated laws form the basis for work on the holding of elections but that it requires a commitment in good faith from all parties.

It noted that contentious issues must be addressed and resolved through political settlement as there is a lack of trust between Libya's political, military and security actors.

It also called on main parties to show goodwill and engage in constructive dialogue to address these long-standing issues once and for all.

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