Election candidates registration begins across Libya

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24

Election commission chairman Emad al-Sayeh

The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) says it will open registration on Monday for candidates in presidential and parliamentary elections that have been mandated by a United Nations-backed roadmap on December 24.

Wrangling over the legal basis for the election, as well as its date and qualifications for candidates, has threatened to derail a peace process that was seen as Libya’s best hope in years of ending chronic instability and violence.

Potential candidates include Khalifa Haftar, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi; parliament head Aguila Saleh; and a former interior minister, Fathi Bashagha.

Election commission chairman Emad al-Sayeh, who has previously said parliamentary elections would take place within 30 days of the presidential election, said the commission had received amendments to the law from the parliament.

Registration for presidential election candidates would be open until November 22 and for parliamentary candidates until December 7, he said on Sunday.

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