By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 15 May:
Sources at the HNEC confirmed early today that the number of registered voters had passed the 2 . . .[restrict]million mark by the end of Monday.
This number easily passes the 1.76 million (55%) that the government was expecting last week, and equates to about 63 percent of the 3.2 million total of theoretically qualified Libyan voters.
Yesterday, Salem Ben Tahia, Operations Manager at the High National Election Commission (HNEC) commented that ‘the number of voters registered is continuously increasing everyday and the registration centers are experiencing notable crowding these days’.
He went on to salute the Libyan public for their haste in registering which in his view reflected their desire in safeguarding their democratic right.
The Operations Manager also went on to reveal that 1700 candidates had now registered to take part in the elections, of which 1628 registered to stand as individuals, while 80 registered as part of a list system. [/restrict]