Libya’s electoral commission said Tuesday that 98 candidates, including two women, had registered to run in a presidential election scheduled for December.
The Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) closed Monday candidacy registration for presidential elections after over 80 candidates had submitted their documents for the December 24 vote. The HNEC is expected to publish the preliminary list of candidates in 48 hours.
There is no doubt that the appearance of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, wearing his father’s cloak while presenting his candidacy papers for the presidency, provoked the wrath and anger of millions of Libyans, who revolted against his criminal tyrant father in a great revolution that he could not confront.
Libya’s military prosecutor has called for halting the candidacy of warlord, Khalifa Haftar and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former strongman, Muammar Gaddafi, for the country’s presidential elections, according to local media.
The Presidential Council (PC) spokeswoman, Najwa Wahiba has affirmed that the PC encourages the holding of elections on time as scheduled, saying that it stands at the same distance from all parties, adding that the legislative bodies are concerned with dealing with objections and reservations to electoral laws.
The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi has said it had learned from sources in Benghazi that Khaled Khalifa Haftar, who heads the 106th brigade in his father’s militias, is forcing fighting members to hand over their voter registration cards in exchange for their salaries.
Libya’s interim premier Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has registered his candidacy for next month’s presidential election, joining a list that includes a son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi and military strongman Khalifa Haftar.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh said they cannot amend elections laws now especially Article 12, adding that time allowed for amendment has ended.
The High Council of State Head Khaled Al-Mishri reiterated Friday that he would not run or participate in the parliamentary and presidential elections with its existing laws, revealing that he will submit a proposal to postpone the polls to February 15th.
Libya’s parliament speaker Aguila Saleh registered Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, joining a military strongman and the son of Muammar Gaddafi in the contest.