Celebration at the HNEC as registered voters passes 1 million mark
By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 13 May:
Operations Manager at the Higher National Election . . .[restrict]Commission (HNEC), Mr Salem Tahia, said yesterday (Saturday 12 May), that so far, 1346 candidates had registered for the June 19 General Congress election.
Of this total, 1283 registered to stand in the elections as individuals whilst 63 registered as part of a list system, he explained.
The HNEC also revealed that the effort to register both candidates and voters from the displaced communities in Tripoli, Benghazi and Khoms, was still continuing.
It was also revealed that an impromptu celebration took place at the HNEC headquarter, at the metal bridge off airport road, when the number of registered voters across Libya passed the one million mark last Thursday.
The HNEC also revealed that its call center started receiving enquiries from the general public on the new direct free call number 1441 – which is operational from 8 am until 6pm daily.
It is worth recalling that Libya did not experience any elections during the 42 year reign of Qaddafi, and that these would be the first elections to be held in Libya since 1958, when Libya was still a newly independent Kingdom. [/restrict]