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Presidential Elections in Libya on December 24 at Stake 


Wed 08 Dec 2021 | 09:11 AM
Ahmed Moamar

An official source at the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) in Libya said that the headquarters of the commission was stormed in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday evening, stressing that this may hinder the presidential elections scheduled on December 24.

The source added, in press statements, that the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, is considered "unsafe", and that it is possible that the commission will take a decision to suspend its work.

The official who works for the Electoral Commission indicated that those who stormed the headquarters describe themselves as "Tripoli revolutionaries," pointing out that the intruders pitched their tents in the vicinity of the commission's headquarters in Tripoli.

Video clips showed the moment protesters arrived at the commission headquarters and set up tents in front of it, to carry out a sit-in, raising slogans "No to elections without a constitution."

This comes as the media reported, according to a member of the UNHCR headquarters guards, that there was no attempt to storm the main headquarters in Tripoli, explaining that a group attended the sit-in in a parking lot adjacent to the UNHCR headquarters.

He added that the situation is not alarming and that the group is civilian and unarmed.

He pointed out that armed groups came from the areas of Tripoli and gathered in front of the main headquarters, in the Sidi Mansour area, and stormed the headquarters of the High Electoral Commission, explaining that the intruders demanded that elections be held only after approval of the draft constitution.

Sources in the commission confirmed that the main operations room for the elections, and its contents of voter records and others, have not been affected.

Some media outlets said that these groups are affiliated with the parties rejecting the elections, especially political Islam factions, and they do not only belong to the capital but come from areas outside Tripoli.

So far, the commission has not issued any statement, while a source confirmed the storming of the headquarters, denying that there was any intrusion into the main headquarters concerned with the electoral process.