Libyan Elections Commission: 70% Ready to Hold December Elections

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On Thursday, Chairman of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Din Al-Sayeh confirmed that the commission was 70% ready to hold the elections as scheduled on 24 December 2021, noting that the remaining 30% is related to the election law.

In an exceptional meeting of the HNEC board in Benghazi, Al-Sayeh stressed that the commission is in full swing to be able to hold the long-awaited electoral process in line with the highest professional standards. He emphasised the importance of concerted efforts between the public administration and HNEC offices nationwide, in overcoming all difficulties and administrative or technical bottlenecks.

During the meeting, he also highlighted the international desire to hold elections at the set time, in order to restore stability to Libya.

On Monday, Al-Sayeh confirmed that the law establishing the commission stipulates that the HNEC board is responsible for setting strategies, drawing policies, and supervising the implementation of the programs necessary for the electoral process.

In terms of the constitutional rule, Al-Sayeh emphasised that the commission has set the date of 1 July as the deadline to begin the process of implementing the 24 December elections. He added that any delay in this date will affect the current plans.

The HNEC Head added that the commission had received 50 million Libyan dinars from the Government of National Accord (GNA). He explained that it was still waiting for the Government of National Unity’s (GNU) budget to be approved to receive more funding.