Libya votes despite battles around Benghazi


Libyans will go to the polls today to elect a new 200 seat House of Representatives which will replace the discredited 200 seat General National Congress (GNC). Thirty seats in the new legislature are allocated to women.

There are 1,743 candidates standing in today’s election and all of them are Independents after the law was changed to prevent members running under political party labels. In the GNC the establishment of political parties led to infighting which paralysed decision making.

The people of Libya are so discouraged by what they have experienced so far that only 1,509,128 citizens have registered to vote, down from 2.8 million in the July 2012 election; almost 3.5 million people are eligible to vote. Many people feel that the new legislature will be no different to the GNC.

Early voting took place at polling stations in 13 countries on 21st and 22nd June, but only 10.087 people had registered to vote.

In Libya there will be 1,627 election centres and 4,467 polling booths open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

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