The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced Tuesday that the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) had approved the proposal for the selection mechanism of the executive authority of the preparatory period leading to elections in December 2021.
UNSMIL said that following the agreement on a proposal for the selection mechanism of a unified executive authority, reached by the in Geneva on 16 January, it conducted a one-day voting process on Monday, when the LPDF members were asked to cast their vote on the proposal.
It added that 72 LPDF members engaged in the voting process, with 51 voting in favor of the proposed mechanism, representing almost 73% of the votes cast, and 19 members voting against.
“Two members abstained and two others did not engage in the process.” UNSMIL explained, adding that with 73% of the votes cast in favor of the Advisory Committee’s proposal, the proposal has therefore passed by exceeding the stipulated threshold of the voting process, set by the Advisory Committee at 63% of the cast votes.
UNSMIL commended the LPDF members who engaged in the voting process for their commitment to the UN-facilitated intra-Libyan dialogue, and for upholding their responsibilities before the Libyan people.
While the UN acting envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, said the approval coincided with the first anniversary of the Berlin International Conference on Libya, adding that with this vote, LPDF members took a significant step forward towards the implementation of the roadmap adopted in Tunis in mid-November.
“Libyans have now a genuine opportunity to move past their differences and divisions, select a temporary government to reunify their institutions through the long-awaited democratic national elections, which will take place on 24 December 2021.” Williams remarked.
UNSMIL said that after the mechanism was approved, it started finalizing the nomination procedure and forms as well as a timeline for the voting process, adding that they will be shared with the LPDF shortly, as a committee of the LPDF will be tasked to verify the submissions to ensure full transparency.