Slave trade aside, Libya starts voter registration ahead of 2018 elections

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Wednesday, the Libyan Higher National Commission of
Elections announced the start of registration of voters for the 2018
elections.

Emad Al-Sayeh, chairman of the commission, at a joint news conference with UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said,
“It was decided that voter registration inside the country will begin
today and will last 60 days. for Libyans outside the country,
registration begins on Feb. 1, 2018”.  

According to Al-Sayeh, the commission and the UN Support Mission in
Libya have signed an
agreement on technical support and capacity
building for the commission in its preparation for the upcoming
elections.

“We appreciate all our international partners for their continued
support to the Commission over the past six years. We welcome the
signing of the elections support project with the UN,”
the chairman noted.

For his part, Salame said the UN is willing to “provide all the
needed technical, advisory and logistic support to the commission. We
need legislative conditions in terms of election law as well as
political conditions that all Libyans, public, communities and political
parties, should accept the results of the elections” 
the UN envoy explained.

Following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar
Gaddafi’s regime, Libya has been struggling to make a democratic
transition amid insecurity and political division.  In September, Salame
proposed a road map aimed at ending the political crisis in Libya.
 This, included amendment of the current UN-backed political agreement,
holding a UN-sponsored national conference for all Libya’s political
factions, adopting a constitution, and election of a president and a
parliament.

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