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30 LPDF members accuse UNSMIL of hindering voting in favor of “certain nominees”

30 members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) have accused the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) of hindering the voting process for selecting a final mechanism for nomination of new persons to occupy the posts of the members of Presidential Council and the Prime Minister.

The members said in a letter sent to the acting envoy of the UN Stephanie Williams that the amendment of mechanism and addition of new voting proposals are designed to fit certain persons to be able to get nominated.

The members called for scrapping the amendments and urged for continuing voting on the (Second and Third Options) for selection of the new Libyan executive authority.

“After we have arrived so far in the LPDF, there shouldn’t be any efforts to circumvent the completion of voting process to choose the new Presidential Council and Prime Minister. If the UNSMIL insists to amend and modify mechanisms as it pleases, then finishing this track at the LPDF will be useless and the whole dialogue will be of no use.” The 30 LPDF members added.

They also categorically rejected the UNSML’s attempts to maneuver around the majority vote at the LPDF, saying it was very strange that the UNSMIL had put forth some hindering conditions with the excuse of “consensus” and warning of new political conflicts ensuing out of this UNSMIL’s behavior.

“The majority of LPDF members want to move forward to the second voting round after the first one ended with 55% for the second option of selection.” The 30 members explained.

This letter to the UNSMIL comes after the mission had given new proposals for the voting mechanism on the (Second and Third Options) that were selected by the LPDF participants to elect new executive authority in the country.

In a letter to the LPDF participants Sunday, circulated on media outlets, UNSMIL said voting started today (Sunday) to select the mechanism for nominating members of the Presidential Council and a Prime Minister, providing two proposals.

The first proposal: Two thirds of the LPDF votes and 50%+1 from each Libyan region (Tripoli, Fezzan and Cyrenaica).

While the second proposal added by the UNMSIL was: 61% of LPDF votes and 50%+1 from each region (Tripoli, Fezzan and Cyrenaica).

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