By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 12 November 2013:
The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) announced yesterday that registration for candidates for the 60-committee, which will draft the constitution, had closed.
The head of HNEC Nuri Abar said that the Commission had completed all the procedures relating to the registration of candidates, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
“The HNEC registered 681 candidates and the Commission believes that this figure is enough to cover the 60-committee,” head of HNEC’s candidate registration department Haithem Al-Tbouli told the Libya Herald.
“We registered 60 female candidates, 14 Tebu and seven Tuareg, Al-Tbouli said. He added, however, that the Amazigh boycott of the elections meant there were no Amazigh candidates.
Abar said that the HNEC would start publishing initial lists of candidates next month. He said that this process would be one of the most important stages of the electoral process, enabling the HNEC to draw up a precise timetable.
He emphasised that attention was now focused on securing the electoral process, which was the responsibility of the Ministries of Defence and Interior, as well as the General Chief of Staff.