Western envoys urge Libyans to hold free and fair election

Lybians asked to maintain peace and order before and after elections [Image: courtesy]
Libya—The US, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK embassies in Libya have called upon all Libyan actors to ensure inclusive, free, and fair parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.

It said, “Such elections, as determined in the Road map of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunis in November 2020 and asserted in UNSC Resolution 2570, are an essential step in further stabilizing and uniting Libya, results should be respected by all,”.

The statement also emphasized that all stakeholders should recognize it is time to engage and finalize the electoral framework.

“We stand ready to support, at their request, the interim Libyan authorities in the organization of elections, including through raising awareness among voters and educating the public regarding the fight against disinformation during the electoral campaign. We remain committed, also, to women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in Libyan elections, as voters, candidates, and decision-makers in the political process,” it added.

Libyan parties were commended for their readiness “to turn the page,” put behind them past conflicts and take serious steps toward the unification of Libyan institutions and ending the political transition.

The embassies joined the call of Jan Kubis, the United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy for Libya, who in his briefing to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Sept. 10 said the failure to hold scheduled elections in Libya could renew conflict in the country and harm efforts to unite the nation after a decade of turmoil.

“We call for the full compliance of all actors with UNSC sanctions, including through national implementation measures against those who are found to be in breach of the UNSC arms embargo or the cease-fire, threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya or obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, including those undermining elections planned for in the LPDF Roadmap,” it concluded.