Declaration of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya on the legal framework for the legislative and presidential elections in Libya – Libya


TRIPOLI, October 30, 2021 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is closely monitoring the ongoing efforts to finalize the legal framework for the Libyan national elections reviewed by the House of Representatives (HoR).

On the eve of the next session of the CoR, UNSMIL calls for the adoption of the necessary adjustments, including those proposed by the High National Commission for Elections (HNEC), to allow the holding of a free, fair parliamentary debate. , inclusive and credible. and presidential simultaneously on December 24, in accordance with the Libyan political roadmap and Security Council resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021) and the conclusions of the second Berlin conference for Libya.

UNSMIL stresses that only an inclusive legal framework will pave the way for a credible and inclusive electoral process. Respect for the principle of simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on December 24, 2021 is necessary to preserve the integrity of the electoral process, strengthen its credibility, and the right and aspirations of the Libyan people to democratically elect their representatives and leaders as well as the acceptance of election results.

UNSMIL recalls the obligations under relevant international conventions to which the Libyan state is a party, to protect the rights of citizens to participate in public affairs. In this regard, the Mission calls for the lifting of restrictions on participation in the elections to allow Libyans in public office to have the possibility of suspending their functions as from the filing of their candidacy for the presidential elections, as proposed by the NHEC. .

The Mission also urges Libyan institutions to ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and youth in elections and to put in place all the necessary arrangements to protect voters and candidates.

ÙNSMIL calls on the Libyan parties to explore, without delay, ways to increase mutual trust and build consensus for the next elections. In this regard, UNSMIL welcomes the willingness of the Presidency Council to bring together relevant Libyan actors to resolve the contested aspects of the electoral process, build consensus and increase confidence in the process, and stands ready to support this process. business. “UNSMIL continues to engage all relevant Libyan parties to facilitate efforts to put in place a framework for legislative and presidential elections that is in line with the Libyan political roadmap and Security Council resolutions, and has a broad acceptance of Libyan stakeholders, which is essential for successful elections, ”said Special Envoy Jan Kubis, echoing calls from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding Rosemary DiCarlo to promote unity and consensus building for the electoral process among all political and institutional actors during his recent visit to Libya.

UNSMIL welcomes the efforts of the NHEC to advance technical preparations for the elections and urges it to accelerate these efforts once a legal framework addressing concerns related to the road map and relevant Security Council resolutions is in place. finalized.

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