TRIPOLI — Political campaigning for a national assembly begins Monday, a milestone in Libya’s troubled path to democratic elections after four decades of dictatorship under late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The electoral commission announced late Saturday that candidates have 18 days to campaign, June 18 to July 5 inclusive. It said 2,501 independents and 1,206 political association candidates were eligible to stand after vetting.
A total of 142 political associations are fielding candidates, it added.
The July 7 vote is for the North African nation’s first General National Congress. Once the newly elected assembly holds its first session, the interim ruling National Transitional Council is due to step down.
The vote, which was initially slated for June 19 in line with a pledge by the NTC, was postponed for technical and logistical reasons.
Ian Martin, the United Nations envoy for Libya, said that the new timetable was doable and called the delay a “wise” move as it would give voters more time to familiarize themselves with the candidates. — AFP