Talks between Libya’s Joint Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High State Council (HSC) to determine the constitutional basis for what UNSMIL hopes would be ‘‘fair, credible, transparent, and inclusive’’ elections kicked off in Cairo on Wednesday.
The talks are facilitated by the UN through the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams.
In her opening remarks, SASG Williams said “It is the belief of the Libyan public that the ultimate solution to the issues that continue to plague Libya is through elections, held on a solid constitutional basis and electoral framework that provides the guardrails for an electoral process which clearly defines milestones and timelines going forward.”
She added addressing the delegates from both chambers, “You have a critical role to play in making your voice heard in support of your 2.8 million fellow Libyan citizens who have registered to vote.”
It will be recalled that on 3 March 2022, SASG Williams announced an initiative to form a joint committee from HoR and HCS to agree on a firm constitutional basis to hold national elections as soon as possible, to satisfy the wishes of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote to democratically elect those who represent them.