Libya Extends Voter Registration Abroad

Libya Extends Voter Registration Abroad

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 - 11:45
Head of Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj. Reuters
Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud
In a new bid to encourage Libyans to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections, which the UN mission is planning to hold before the end of this year, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) announced extension of the registration of voters abroad until the end of March.

HNEC reported that a total of 6,267 overseas Libyans have registered online so far.

Because of the limited number of voters abroad and due to some hindrances that Libyan overseas might face, HNEC said it will continue registering voters by personal applications in Libyan embassies, adding that the application form can be downloaded online.

In view of the commission's consideration "for the conditions of some Libyans residing abroad and difficulties some of them faced to register through the dedicated website, it was agreed to extend the voter registration until the end of this month," said Deputy Head of HNEC Abdulhakim Belkher.

The UN mission seeks supporting the presidential and parliamentary elections, which will be held by September, despite the country's ongoing security and military chaos seven years after Muammar Gaddafi's regime was overthrawn in 2011.

Meanwhile, the dispute between Minister of Defense Colonel Al-Mahdi al-Barghathi and head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj took a new turn.

In a letter addressed to Fathi al-Mujbari, a member of the presidential council of Sarraj’s government, Barghathi called for the formation of a ministerial committee that includes the ministers of justice and interior to investigate charges made against him in the attack on the Brak al-Shati base of the national army in 2017.

Barghathi said that Sarraj "monopolized the presidential council of the government and prevented the announcement of the results, knowing I was innocent."

He added that the city of Benghazi, “was let down because it (the council) failed to support my family in the war on terrorism.”

“This is what caused the eastern part of Libya to lose its confidence in Sarraj’s government.”

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