The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi has told Reuters in an interview that there are serious steps being taken in Libya towards compromise over the elections planned for December 24 as part of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s roadmap for solution in the country.
“We must be optimistic and think that the elections will be on time with the agreement of Libyans. Now there are serious steps to make a consensus to hold the election on time on December 24.” Menfi told Reuters, without giving any details.
Menfi indicated that they are trying as much as possible to end this process in a democratic, transparent and acceptable way to all Libyans on December 24, so that power is handed over to an elected authority.
He said there should be no disputes over candidates who meet the requirements of electoral laws once they have been agreed, remarking that they are not worried about the participation of any Libyan if they meet the conditions of the electoral laws.
This comes after the announcement of candidacy by Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al-Islam, who submitted his presidential bid at a high National Elections Commission (HNEC) center in Sabha. Shortly after the submission, Th HNEC announced that it had accepted Saif Gaddafi as a presidential elections’ candidate as he had provided all needed documents as per he elections law issued by the House of Representatives.
In the meantime, the Libyan Military Prosecutor called Sunday for the halt of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar’s candidacy for presidential elections in a letter to the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), saying they have to be under investigation for accusations of crimes filed against them.