Benghazi, 11 May:
The Libyan Media Monitoring Group, a local NGO, organized a debate in Benghazi on Thursday involving the candidates from . . .[restrict]two of the districts in the local elections. The candidates were from District No.1, Central Benghazi and Sidi Hussein, and District No. 11, Benina, Kuwafiyah and Sidi Khalifa. They were questioned by the media and local political analysts.
According he group’s director, Halima Al-Jerushi, the hustings was the result of an agreement between a number of local civil society organizations to organize debates between candidates for each district.
Thursday’s debate included an introduction to the candidates who were given time to explain why they thought they should be elected and what were plans for the new Benghazi. In particular, they were questioned on the city’s infrastructural development and the security and safety of its residents.
There are 37 candidates in Central Bengahzi/Sidi Hussein and 14 in Benina, Kuwafiyah and Sidi Khalifa. There are just three seats In each of the districts to be won.
A number of candidates did not turn up to the hustings. [/restrict]