Participation of military personnel in elections raises controversy

Discussion over the participation of military personnel in elections was renewed among politicians and in media.

MP Siham Sarqwa said she rejects the participation of military personnel in the political process and wanted to make their tasks limited only to the protection of the elections.

Some politicians believe that Sarikwa’s statements were in line with the democratic system, such as the first world countries, while others consider it a contradiction with the rights of citizenship and denies the army’s right and role.

Sarqwa said her statement aimed to preserve the lives that can be endangered due to the participation of military in elections, but she did not talk about the participation of thousands of militants.

Critics said that Sarikwa’s statement is isolated from reality because it is impossible to exclude those who had a pivotal role in fighting terrorism and fighting chaos from self-determination.

Apartheid and exclusion are against the February principles, which called for equality and non-discrimination.

A summit on Libya hosted by Italy last November set a target of holding elections in the first half of 2019. But the UN envoy, Ghassan Salame, said the presidential poll may not happen until the end of the year.

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