Eastern warlord sets preconditions for upcoming elections

Eastern warlord sets preconditions for upcoming elections

December 16, 2017 - 18:57
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Written By: HousamNajjair

Khalifa Haftar has preliminarily approved upcoming elections, but calls for the relocation of the headquarters of the High National High Elections Commission (HNEC) from Tripoli and the change of its management, Al-Salheen Al-Ghaithi, a member of the Dialogue Committee of House of Representatives, declares.

Ghaithi told Cairo-based Wasat news website that "Haftar has no objection to the elections provided that they are sound and under the auspices of the international bodies, built on the rules and conditions of the electoral law that clarifies all the conditions and controls to prevent manipulation by any one party, especially those who want the return of the Muslim Brotherhood to take control of the legislative and executive branches of the state".

He also quoted Haftar as saying that the headquarters of the HNEC should be transferred from Tripoli to any other city so as not to fall under the control of militias and that the its management should be changed because the current one “has a leniency to political Islam”, adding that Haftar stressed during a meeting with him that it is the people`s decision and they have the right to choose what they want.  

“The blood of the martyrs and their sacrifices will not go to waste in elections manipulated by the Muslim Brotherhood or political Islam in general”. Haftar told Ghaithi during the meeting.

Ghaithi, who met Khalifa Haftar on Thursday with the head of the National Defense and Security Committee in the House of Representatives Talal Mehyoub, said "we have discussed the absence of a Libyan constitution that we could use and would be satisfactory to all components of the country, and the choice of whether we return to the Constitution of 1951 or the amended 1963, is one that only the people can make".
On the 6th of December, the HNEC announced the start of the voter registration process and the updating of the electoral register, which will continue the registration process for two months. Registration of the Libyan communities living abroad will start on the first of February.

Many countries and international bodies are pushing for early elections in Libya as a last resort to resolve the Libyan crisis and unify the divided institutions of state, which occurred nearly three years ago.