Tripoli: April 6
Elections to the National Conference which will draw up the constitution (the Constituent Assembly) will definitely take place as . . .[restrict]scheduled on June 19 according to the official spokesman for the Supreme National Commission for Elections, Nuri Abbar.
In a statement on Thursday, Abbar that the commission would continue its intensive work planning the elections and there were no reports of any postponement. He added that the Commission was working on raising public awareness of the importance of holding these elections on time.
There has been a number of unofficial comments from government and NTC officials that the elections might have to be delayed because of the tight timetable and the enormous amount of work still needing to be done for them to carried out properly.
On Wednesday, however, NTC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said in a TV interview that he would resign if elections did not happen as planned.
A commitment to the planned election date was also given on Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister, Mustafa Abushagur. In an interview, he said that 50 political parties had been established so far in Libya and that “three million voters will cast their ballots in this election on June 19″.
Abushagur dismissed concerns about the lack of a new register of voters saying that the poll would be based on existing population records. He said that the authorities attached the greatest importance to the electoral process and that they were working to ensure that people could express their political choices in an atmosphere of safety and freedom.