By Sami Zaptia.
London, 25 September:
The House of Representatives (HoR) declared yesterday that it has approved the necessary amendments to the temporary constitution that were needed for the referendum law for Libya’s permanent constitution.
The declaration came from the HoR’s official Spokesperson Abdalla Belheeg.
It is expected that the HoR will now refer the referendum law to the High National Election Commission (HNEC) within a week. If it is deemed that there is a ‘‘right environment’’ to hold elections, a date will need to be decided between HNEC, the HOR and the Serraj government. UNSMIL will no doubt have a considerable advisory input.
It is nevertheless worth bearing in mind that question marks persist over whether the HoR followed the correct technical procedures in passing the amendments to the temporary constitution that were needed for the referendum law. This could leave the referendum law and the constitutional amendment vulnerable to legal challenges.