The Chairman of the High National Elections Commission, Emad Al-Sayeh, briefed the US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, on the latest developments regarding the ongoing planning of the elections scheduled for December 24 of this year.
The US ambassador stressed the importance that the United States attaches to reaching agreement on an enforceable constitutional base and the necessary presidential and parliamentary election laws by July 1, 2021, so that the High National Elections Commission can adequately prepare for the December 2021 elections.
According to a statement by the US embassy, Norland said during the meeting held Tuesday, in Tunis, that from the point of view of the United States, “If the House of Representatives is unable to reach a consensus on these issues, then the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum must undertake the job, according to the road map, so that elections can be held according to the date set on December 24, which was agreed upon in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.
Norland and Al-Sayeh discussed the importance of securing elections, providing a space for civil society to participate in voter education activities, and enabling candidates to campaign freely.
The statement affirmed that “the United States supports the full participation of all eligible voters – men and women, people with special needs, and members of cultural components alike.”
Norland pointed out that the United States valued its “partnership with the High National Elections Commission as an independent and capable institution as it prepares to hold free, fair and transparent elections.”