Al-Sayeh: Libyan government gave 43 million dinars to elections commission

Al-Sayeh: Libyan government gave 43 million dinars to elections commission

August 21, 2021 - 22:34
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Emad Al-Sayeh said the Government of National Unity (GNU) gave them 43 million dinars to be added to previous 50 million given by the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Al-Sayeh told US-based Al-Hurra TV that 43 million dinars is sufficient for holding elections unless the legislation of election has requirements that will need more funds, which will then be requested from the GNU.

Al-Sayeh said the HNEC doesn't take money from foreign countries or parties but cooperates with the UN Support Mission in Libya technically to take heed of other states' experiences in the same field, adding that the HNEC is waiting for the passing of legislations to launch the remainder of the electoral process, and that the delay is caused by the political parties' disputes regarding the legislation.

"Our role is giving technical advice to the House of Representatives and High Council of State as well as the UNSMIL and the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to help achieve elections which we believe should be held on time in December. Legislations are pivotal for the completion of the process so we know whether we're holding just parliamentary elections or general elections, whether the parliament is of one or two chambers or whether or not the presidential elections are of one round or two." Al-Sayeh indicated.

He said 2.8 million voters have registered inside Libya, adding that this helps add credibility to the voter registration, and that the HNEC took measures to ensure the integrity and transparency of elections such as voters' IDs to avoid forgery and cooperating with the Ministry of Education to monitor ballot centers.