Political disputes threaten holding elections on time next December

It is expected that the House of Representatives will begin this week to discuss the electoral law amid political differences between the parties over the mechanism, and the Presidential Council’s proposal to issue a decree imposing a constitutional basis in consultation with the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives and the High Council of State.

An upcoming session of the House of Representatives this week to discuss the draft law on directly electing the president by the people, and the distribution of electoral districts throughout the country, at a time when the parliament is expected to finish the budget bill and the file of sovereign positions to pass electoral laws.

The legislative body’s announcement of the start of the election law comes amid political differences that are almost ravaging the scheduled date for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December.

Disagreements led to argument on the constitutional basis for elections among members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, in return for another step that the High Council of State mobilizes to call for a referendum on the draft constitution.

The Head of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, renewed his accusations against Parliament and the Electoral Commission of delaying the referendum.

The Head of the High National Elections Commission, Emad Al-Sayeh, in turn, believes that holding the referendum on the constitution and holding the elections in December is a technically difficult procedure, pointing out that the main obstacle is the dispute between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, while the commission did not receive the necessary electoral legislation due to the absence of consensus.

As for the Presidential Council, it went even further by using the constitutional basis of “the last remedy,” proposed by Presidential Council member Mossa Al-Koni, in the event of disagreement, issuing a presidential decree imposing a constitutional basis, in coordination with the Supreme Court and consulting with members of the High Council of State and Parliament, accusing all parties of obstruction.

If another battle over elections could erupt in the event of a disagreement among the parties on the presidential proposal, the country may enter the maze of a new legal and constitutional controversy.

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