By Naam Alkhosi.
Tripoli, 24 April 2014:
Voter registration for seats left vacant in the Constitutional Assembly restarted today following an . . .[restrict]announcement by the Higher National Elections Commission (HNEC).
HNEC vice president Emad Al-Sayeh said the first part of this process would involve elections in the districts of Murzuk and Kufra, followed by Obari and Derna.
The announcement coincided with HNEC’s decision to open voter registration for elections to the House of Representatives.
Boycotts by Tebu and Amazigh minorities against elections in February left 12 seats in the Constitutional Assembly empty and has meant that, despite the inaugural meeting of the assembly, it cannot yet begin its work.
Sayeh said HNEC had plans to hold elections in the Jabal Nafusa and Zuwara to fill those seats set aside for Amazigh representatives. However, with no candidates from the minority group standing in the elections he said more needed to be done to break this political deadlock.
HNEC restarted registration for Amazigh candidates to the Constitutional Assembly on April 9 but the Amazigh Supreme Council stated shortly after the announcement that it would continue its boycott. [/restrict]