Who is to Blame For Postponing The Libyan Polls?

Published December 28th, 2021 - 11:20 GMT
Libyan parliamentary committee
A group of young Libyan activists protest against the postponement of the presidential elections in the capital Tripoli's Martyrs Square, on December 25,2021. (Photo by Mahmud Turkia / AFP)
Libyan parliamentary committee says move crucial to achieve stability in Libya

A Libyan parliamentary committee has recommended the restructuring of the country’s executive authority.

The proposal by the Electoral Process Follow-up Committee came in a Monday report after its members met with the head of Libya’s High National Elections Commission, Emad al-Sayeh.

The committee argued that the current executive authority has failed to move the oil-rich country towards stability.

The report said al-Sayeh "presented to the (elections) commission the reasons why it was not possible to announce the final list of candidates for the Dec. 24 presidential elections,” as well as a number of “violations that marred the candidacy of some candidates."

The committee cited these reasons for proposing the “restructuring of the executive authority in order to achieve the requirements of stability which the current authority has been unable to do."

Libya’s executive authority was elected on March 16 on a transitional basis to lead the country towards elections. It is made up of a unity government headed by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, and the Presidency Council chaired by Mohammad Menfi.

The parliamentary committee also recommended that parliament set up a workable roadmap with clear deadlines in order “to make the electoral process a success and ensure acceptance of its results.”

It called on parliament to continue sponsoring the political and legislative process and to avoid setting “political dates” that are “unrealistically set by some parties” for domestic and international agendas.

On Monday, the Libyan parliament proposed postponing the country’s presidential elections, which had been scheduled to take place on Dec. 24, by six months.

Libyan rival parties have been in disagreement over the voting timetable for the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held simultaneously or one after the other.

Libyans hope that the upcoming elections will contribute to ending an armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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