The United Nations (UN) election support team and the UN Department of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping expressed their readiness to send a team to Libya to assess the needs in the coming period, presenting during a meeting with the Libyan ambassador to the UN, Taher El Sonni, in New York an overview of its work.
El Sonni and the team also talked about technical and logistical matters and ways to secure elections in cooperation with the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and the concerned Libyan state institutions. The team also reviewed similar experiences in several other countries that can be benefited from for the success of the electoral process in Libya, which is scheduled to take place at the end of 2023.
El Sonni stressed the importance of the UN role and international and regional organizations in supporting general elections in Libya, saying that this support should start from now and in parallel with the efforts to complete the constitutional basis as well as electoral laws, especially the support of the HNEC, the government, the concerned national institutions and civil society organizations.
He also called for taking all possible technical preparations to support voter registration mechanisms, polling centers, monitoring and vote counting, in order to ensure a transparent and fair electoral process whose results are accepted by all.
The media office of the Libyan Mission to the UN said that the meeting was within the framework of following up on the UN preparations to support the upcoming elections, and in response to the request of the Government of National Unity to send a UN team to assess the needs, which was supported by the Security Council.