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Referendum on Libya’s constitution to be held soon, HoR and HCS agree

The Constitutional Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and High Council of State (HCS) approved Tuesday holding a memorandum for the constitution draft, adopting a voting mechanism of three regions – Tripoli, Cyrenaica and Fezzan – with a 50+1 vote system in every region.

The Constitutional Committee said in a statement after the meeting in Hurghada Tuesday that the agreement on the referendum was based on HoR referendum law (No.6) of 2018 and its amendment (No.1) of 2019, which saw item six of the law that said the constitution draft needed two thirds of cast votes across Libya and 50+1 in every region, modified into just 50+1 vote in every region.

The Constitutional Committee also agreed on removing item seven of the law, which said the referendum would be void if all of its requirements weren’t met.

The HCS and HoR’s committee also said that there would be no appeals allowed against the regulations of the referendum, the constitution draft and the tenth amendment of the constitutional declaration.

The Constitutional Committee agreed to report the progress of their work to the UNSMIL to help activate and support their agreement so the referendum takes place in the time to be set later by the HCS and HoR’s Committee after consulting with the High National Elections Commission.

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