By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 30 November 2013:
Voting began today in four municipalities at the start of a rolling process which, by next . . .[restrict]February, should see the election of dozens of municipal councils throughout the country.
This morning voters in Beida, Bint Baya, Shahat and Tazerbu went to the polling stations. More than 46,000 people were eligible to vote.
The election is being monitored over by the Central Committee for Municipal Councils Elections (CCMCE) which has overcome a series of obstacles to organise the ballot. The organisation’s head, Otman Gajiji, said that an operations room had been established to follow all the elections until they finish early next year.
The second deputy GNC president Saleh Makhzoum, said that through the municipal elections, Libyans will get to the “administrative decentralisation” for which people had struggled. However he said that he did not consider “decentralisation” to be the same as federalism, which he considered a grave danger to the objectives of the revolution.
The next Saturday there will be elections in Awjila, Traghen, Wadi Itba and Zintan. On 14 December, they will be held in Ghariyan and Al-Haraba and, a week later on Saturday, 21 December, in Ajilat, Hawamid, Kikla, Nisma and Zultan. [/restrict]