Libya’s electoral commission has announced on Wednesday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the country’s revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi is ineligible to contest the Presidential seat in the December poll. The decision is however subject to appeal.
The electoral body’s statement claimed that, Saif who filed earlier to run is being rejected due to a court conviction. The authorities cited the 2015 judgement in absentia which sentenced him to death for fighting in the 2011 uprising which toppled his father’s government.
Prior to this decision, a military prosecutor based in the capital Tripoli called on the commission to disqualify Gaddafi due to same reason. Additionally, a council of elders who played a role in the removal of Muammar Gaddafi equally called for the disqualification of Saif.
The council said in a statement that, it rejects “the candidacy of those who used excessive force against the Libyan people’s uprising and who are the target of arrest warrants from Libyan courts and the International Criminal Court.”
The decision by the commission is however not final as a second chance has been given to all rejected applicants to appeal or accept the decision. The judiciary will be the final decider of the status of each rejected applicant. Out of the total number of candidates who applied, 25 were disqualified according to the commission’s statement on Wednesday’s.