UN / LIBYA ELECTIONS

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UN Special Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams called upon the concerned institutions in the country to “honour and support the will of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote,” according to a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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23 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Stephanie Williams, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Libya, noted that yesterday, the High National Elections Commission in that country announced that despite its technical preparedness, it is unable to meet the 24 December 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections.
Ms. Williams calls upon the concerned institutions to honour and support the will of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote. To contribute to a solution of Libya’s political crisis and to durable stability, she said, presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in the appropriate conditions, on a level playing field among all candidates to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions.
The Special Adviser said that the current challenges in the electoral process should in no way be instrumentalized to undermine the stability and progress which has been achieved in Libya over the past 15 months. She strongly urges relevant institutions and all political actors to focus on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions to secure the holding of inclusive, free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, whose outcome will be accepted by all parties.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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UN Special Adviser for Libya Stephanie Williams called upon the concerned institutions in the country to “honour and support the will of the 2.8 million Libyans who registered to vote,” according to a UN spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (23 Dec), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said Williams noted that yesterday, Libya’s High National Elections Commission announced that “despite its technical preparedness, it is unable to meet the 24 December 2021 date set by the political roadmap for national elections.”

In the statement, the Special Advisor said, to contribute to a solution of Libya’s political crisis and to durable stability, presidential and parliamentary elections must take place in “the appropriate conditions, on a level playing field among all candidates to peacefully end the political transition and transfer power to democratically elected institutions.”

The Special Adviser said that the current challenges in the electoral process “should in no way be instrumentalized to undermine the stability and progress which has been achieved in Libya over the past 15 months.” She strongly urged relevant institutions and all political actors to focus on the electoral process and on creating the political and security conditions to secure the holding of “inclusive, free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, whose outcome will be accepted by all parties.”
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