Libya elections threatened as LPDF fails to agree on constitutional basis

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) has failed to reach agreement on the constitutional basis for the general elections in December and on the conditions for the presidential candidates, especially dual citizenship and military positions’ privilege before running for the president of Libya.

After meeting for five days in Geneva, the 75 members of the LPDF failed to reach consensus on the controversial points that could lead to holding elections next December.

At the final meeting on Friday, UNSMIL coordinator Riasedon Zenega, said the LPDF members discussed the Legal Committee’s proposal for a constitutional basis for the 24 December elections and considered the unresolved issues, yet in the end, they were unable to resolve these outstanding issues.

“It is regrettable that, despite all the opportunities, there is still no common ground. The people of Libya will certainly feel let down as they still aspire to the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights in presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December. This does not bode well for the credibility and relevance of the LPDF.” Zenega said.

Zenega said UNSMIL will continue to work with you and the Proposals Bridging Committee to explore further efforts to build common ground based on the Legal Committee’s proposal as all of us acknowledge that this is the reference framework for a constitutional basis for elections on 24 December 2021.

“Proposals that do not make the elections feasible and possible to hold elections on 24 December will not be entertained.” He added.


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