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“Holding the elections in Libya, even in less-than-ideal situation, and with all imperfections, challenges and risks is much more desirable than no elections, that could only foster division, instability, and conflict,” the UN top official in Libya said on Friday. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

10 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.Wide shot, President with briefers on screen
4.Med shot, Libyan delegate taking seat
5.Wide shot, Security Council
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“I would like to stress that holding the elections in Libya, even in less-than-ideal situation, and with all imperfections, challenges and risks is much more desirable than no elections, that could only foster division, instability, and conflict. As I heard from my interlocutors, this is the opinion of the majority of Libyans, notwithstanding all their valid concerns and fears as well as some differences on the way forward.”
7.Split screen, briefers
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“In order to help ensure integrity and credibility of the electoral process and acceptability of the results, international and domestic observation of the whole process is critical. I urge all member states and regional organizations to send observation teams, in coordination with Libyan authorities and institutions, notably HNEC, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the time will come.”
9.Zoom out, Security Council in meeting
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“Not holding the elections could gravely deteriorate the situation in the country, could lead to division and conflict. I urge the Libyan actors to join forces and ensure inclusive, free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections, which are to be seen as the essential step in further stabilizing and uniting Libya.”
11.Wide shot, delegates with Kubiš on screen
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Asma Khalifa, Co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement and the Khalifa Ihler Institute:
“Women in Libya have been failed repeatedly by all actors, over the past decade. They are punished through exclusion for being non violent actors in this conflict. There is a lack of political will to implement agreements and policies to integrate women meaningfully and properly across the various processes. Women have tokenized, their work and visions in Libya are not taken seriously. They have been disproportionately affected by the conflict. They make up half of the displaced population and lead now more households due to loss of their livelihoods and male family members.”
13.Split screen, briefers
14.SOUNDBITE (English) Asma Khalifa, Co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement and the Khalifa Ihler Institute:
“If the elections do not happen, or if the results are disputed in a similar scenario to what we saw in 2014, it would mean a more fractured society, a violent armed conflict, that could destroy whatever's left of the country. A prerequisite to avoid this is a solid and currently missing legal and constitutional foundation for the election. This legal foundation must be rooted in our new constitutional process that is truly inclusive of all peoples of Libya, including the full recognition and protection of the rights of Libya’s indigenous people. Without this we are set up for failure.”
15.Various shots, meeting

STORYLINE:

“Holding the elections in Libya, even in less-than-ideal situation, and with all imperfections, challenges and risks is much more desirable than no elections, that could only foster division, instability, and conflict,” the UN top official in Libya said on Friday (10 Sep).

“This is the opinion of the majority of Libyans, notwithstanding all their valid concerns and fears as well as some differences on the way forward,” the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ján Kubiš, said in his briefing to the Security Council.

Kubiš, who spoke via videolink at the Council’s meeting on the situation in Libya said “in order to help ensure integrity and credibility of the electoral process and acceptability of the results, international and domestic observation of the whole process is critical.”

He urged “all member states and regional organizations to send observation teams, in coordination with Libyan authorities and institutions, notably HNEC, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the time will come.”

The Special Representative warned that not holding the elections “could gravely deteriorate the situation in the country, could lead to division and conflict. I urge the Libyan actors to join forces and ensure inclusive, free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections, which are to be seen as the essential step in further stabilizing and uniting Libya.”

In her discourse at the Council’s meeting, Asma Khalifa, the Co-founder of Tamazight Women’s Movement and the Khalifa Ihler Institute, painted a grave picture of the conditions for women in Libya.

“Women in Libya have been failed repeatedly by all actors, over the past decade,” Khalifa said. “They are punished through exclusion for being non violent actors in this conflict. There is a lack of political will to implement agreements and policies to integrate women meaningfully and properly across the various processes. Women have tokenized, their work and visions in Libya are not taken seriously. They have been disproportionately affected by the conflict. They make up half of the displaced population and lead now more households due to loss of their livelihoods and male family members.”

Khalifa also warned that the credible elections in Libya are of crucial importance.

“If the elections do not happen, or if the results are disputed in a similar scenario to what we saw in 2014, it would mean a more fractured society, a violent armed conflict, that could destroy whatever's left of the country. A prerequisite to avoid this is a solid and currently missing legal and constitutional foundation for the election. This legal foundation must be rooted in our new constitutional process that is truly inclusive of all peoples of Libya, including the full recognition and protection of the rights of Libya’s indigenous people. Without this we are set up for failure,” she said.

The parliamentary and presidential elections in Libya are to take place on 24 December, as agreed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in its Roadmap and mandated by the Security Council resolution 2570.

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum is an assembly of 75 participants responsible for identifying a constitutional basis for the elections.
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