Libya’s Upper House Calls for Presidential Elections to be Delayed

The Libya’s High Council (HCS) of State proposed postponing of the 24 December presidential elections until February aimed at avoiding the country from further slipping into uncertainty.

Both the presidential and the parliamentary elections should be held at the same time, the council proposed as it would help remove hindrance the election process is facing at the moment.

The second deputy head of the Council, Omar Bushah said the current election process could be delayed due to the issues facing the High National Elections Commission and the controversial names who announced their candidacy.

The elections should be held based on a list system that includes a president, two vice presidents, and a prime minister, Bushah added.

He called on the government and High National Elections Commission to review the registration of voters as per civil registry records.

However, the United Nations mission in Libya has urged leaders to stick to this month’s date for both presidential and legislative ballots in order to boost their credibility.

However, Libya’s High Council said only two weeks left for the election on 24 December and it’s impossible to conduct it as the final list of candidates has yet to be issued and campaigning has not officially begun so far.

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