Libya Upper House Calls For Election Delay
Tripoli, Dec 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Dec, 2021 ) :Libya's upper house on Wednesday proposed delaying December presidential elections by two months, the latest dispute over the vote intended to help end 10 years of violence.
A United Nations-led political process targeting December 24 polls has been undermined by bitter divisions over the legal basis for elections and who should be allowed to run, with a string of controversial figures stepping forward.
"Pushing forward with presidential elections without any formal constitutional or legal rules, amid tension, mistrust among (Libyan) actors and foreign interference, could destroy the entire political process," it said in a statement.
The Council, based in the western city of Tripoli, has been in disagreement over electoral laws with a rival body, the House of Representatives based in the eastern city of Tobruk.
However, analysts have warned that violence could easily flare again surrounding the vote.
The Council suggested parliamentary elections go ahead in February.
It said the newly elected house's first task would be to draft a revised constitution -- the first since dictator Moamer Kadhafi cancelled the last one in 1969.
Libya has been wracked by violence since Kadhafi's fall and killing in a 2011 revolt backed by Western forces, with an array of militias and foreign forces filling the void.
But with just two weeks to go until the landmark vote, a final list of candidates has yet to be issued and campaigning has not officially begun.