Libya’s electoral commission has proposed that, the highly anticipated elections scheduled for December 24th, 2021 should be postponed. The suggestion by the electoral body follows the conclusion by a parliamentary committee that, the set date for the election is impossible.
The commission however proposed the 24th of January 2022 for the election to be held. “The High National Electoral Commission suggests, after liaising with the House of Representatives that the first round of voting should be delayed until January 24,” the commission said.
Since the announcement of an election in Libya, several political commentators hinted of the possibility of the elections being delayed due to questions which were raised concerning major candidates, breeding undue interference from opposition factions.
The doubts were further amplified after the mass disqualification of some candidates from the list, followed by open threats to some members of the Judiciary, especially regarding the legitimacy of Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al-Islam.
The national election commission subtly hinted of the postponement after it earlier dissolved the various committees established to manage the election nationwide.
Libya will need a formally constituted government to be able to deal with the activities of armed groups, mostly promoted by external forces in the oil rich country.
According to data from the commission, more than 2.5 million Libyan voters have been issued voter cards from the High National Electoral Commission, awaiting the election.