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UN envoy to Libya: We aim to organize a credible election

UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh said the UN mission is seeking to register 1 million new voters in the voter register to give greater credibility to the elections.

Salame told Saudi newspaper Al-Hayat on Thursday, that the previous elections were not credible enough with a participation rate of only 17 percent, adding that there were MPs elected withonly 200 to 300 votes, which is not normal.

The UN envoy to Libya explained that the date of the elections is determined when the technical and security conditions are met, the adoption of an election law and everyone pledging to accept the outcome of the election in advance.

Salame said that the political class does not want to run in the elections, but wants to keep things as it is. He expressed his pleasure with the increase in voter registration by 4 times in the southern region, 3 times in the west and two times in the eastern region with a greater rate of youth participation than the previous elections.

When asked about holding a meeting with Saif Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that dealing with him is not within his specialty because of his problem with the International Court (IC), adding that he did not seek to attain any information about him, stressing that the objective of the mission is reconciliation between Libya’s three eras, the royal , the Gaddafi and the revolution era.

Salame stressed that the supporters of the former regime have a place reserved in a civil and democratic system if they renounce weapons and their desire to reproduce the system itself, noting that the UN mission will return permanently to Libya in early 2018.

It is noteworthy that the High National Elections Commission has announced, the beginning of December, the start of voter registration, and the update of its voter register; in preparation for the upcoming elections.

 

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