– Registration for candidates closes
– Integrity Commission to vet all candidates
– Objection to candidates to open for two days
By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, . . .[restrict]19 May:
Nuri Al-Abbar, head of the High National Election Commission (HNEC), announced the end of the registration period for candidates for the 19 June National Congress elections at a press conference on Thursday (17 May) in Benghazi.
This announcement came as the HNEC revealed that the number of Libyans who had registered for the elections had reached 2.36 million – or about 72 percent.
He revealed that the number of independent candidates registered according to the latest available figures was 2476, whilst those registering as political entities were 310 candidates.
Al-Abbar also revealed that the HNEC will publish the interim list of registered candidates after the closing date for voter registration on 21 May.
He also explained that the HNEC will be open to receive objections or appeals against any of the candidates registered on the 21 – 22 May.
Equally, he said that the Integrity Commission will inform the HNEC of the names of any candidates that it decides do not pass the integrity standards, and that there will be an opportunity for political entities to replace any of their candidates if they were barred by the Integrity Commission. [/restrict]