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UNSMIL announces results of voting for Presidential Council candidates

On the second day of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) meeting in Switzerland which has convened to select a temporary unified executive authority to take Libya to national elections on 24 December 2021, the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum cast their votes for members of the Presidency Council.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement following the voting that the candidates for the interim government’s Presidential Council failed to get 70% or more (of each region) in the voting that was carried out by the LPDF members.

“The selection mechanism outlined that a candidate must receive 70% of the vote within his/her electoral college in order to be successful, and as none of the candidates reached this threshold in today’s vote, the process moves now into the second stage of list forming.” UNSMIL said.

The western region’s electoral college (37 members) gave the most votes for Khalid Al-Mishri (8 votes) then (5 votes) for Mohammed Al-Hafi and Edris Al-Gayed, while Salah Al-Namroush received (4 votes).

Tobruk-based House of Representatives’ Speaker, Aqila Saleh, got (9 votes) from the cast votes of the eastern region’s electoral college, followed by Al-Sharif Al-Wafi with (6 votes) and Mohammad Al-Manfi (5 votes).

Southern electoral college gave the most votes (6) to Abdelmajid Saif Al-Nasser, followed by Omar Busharida (5 votes) and Mousa Al-Kouni – former Presidential Council member – received (2 votes).

UNSMIL said the voting took place in a free and transparent manner, following the conclusion of the interactive sessions with the candidates for the Presidency Council, all of which was live-streamed for the benefit of the Libyan public.  

“The LPDF Certification Committee observed the vote counting process, conducted by an UNSMIL electoral expert.” UNSMIL added.

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