31 May 2012

Libya: Country to Delay Parliamentary Election

Accra — Mr Abdul-Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council said that the election for an assembly that will be tasked with drafting a new constitution scheduled for June 19 vote would be delayed by appeals from people who have been blocked from standing as candidates.

He said that "the appeal process by prospective candidates wishing to run in the election will result in a postponement of the elections as candidates must first go through a vetting process which they may appeal in court.

The last day for candidate registration was on May 23 followed by a ten-day appeal process.

After that, the candidates then need time to campaign and the High National Election Commission, HNEC) would need time to print out ballots.

This is the second time in a few days that a government official has mentioned the possible postponement after the head of the commission; Nouri al-Abbar said they could not confirm the June 19 date. However, neither he nor the NTC chief specified a new potential date or by how long it could be delayed.


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