Member of of the Libyan Parliament Saleh Afhima said the briefing session of the Chair of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad al-Sayeh, before the the Parliament in Tobruk concluded that HNEC should set an appropriate date for holding the elections.
The Parliament member added that the Commission sets the date for the elections after conducting the necessary consultations with the concerned authorities to lift the state of force majeure that, according to the Commission’s report, prevented the elections from being held.
Afhima continued: “the Parliament Speaker asked al-Sayeh whether the Commission could meet the date of January 24 as an alternative to December 24, and al-Sayeh replied, “The Commission cannot set a date until the force majeure is removed.”
Al-Sayeh made it clear that elements of force majeure included conflicting judicial rulings that were issued out of the legal period, and threats to the Commission if the final list of candidates was issued with certain names.
HNEC Chair said today before the Parliament that the Commission is still technically ready to hold the elections.