Elections pass reasonably peacefully


Libya’s first free elections in 60 years appear to have passed off reasonably peacefully despite some areas experiencing threats and gangs wielding guns.

Libya Herald, a new independent English language online newspaper reported the head of the Higher National Elections Commission (HNEC) as saying that turnout was around 60% and only 24 of 1,554 polling centres were disrupted or unable to operate; these included two in Kufra, six in Sidra and eight in Benghazi where much of the pre-election protest has taken place. One person died in a shooting incident.

An unofficial poll (which must be treated with great caution) by the Libya Herald suggests that the National Forces Alliance (NFA) led by Mahmoud Jibril, who was the unofficial prime minister of Libya from March to October 2011, is in the lead.

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