By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 4 May 2014:
Council elections were held yesterday in 17 of Libya’s new municipalities, with almost all seeing a . . .[restrict]50-percent turnout or more, according to officials from the Central Committee for Municipal Elections (CCMCE).
Polls were held, among other places, in Ajdabiya, Al-Abyar, Asbeih, Janzour, Khoms, Kufra, Qaminis, Qasr Akhiar, Qasr Ben Gashir, Suq Al-Khamis, Sirte, Sebha, Tobruk, Zahra and Zliten.
There were minor problems in Janzour, where in one voting area people wanted to be part of a separate municipality, and in Sebha, where 26 candidates ran for the general list, four for the women’s list and three for for disabled revolutionary’s seat. However, these were resolved according to the CCMCE.
“We completed the elections yesterday, the turnout was very good and security was strong,” Al-Mahdi Salim Al-Hudair , head of Al-Hurria polling centre in Sebha told the Libya Herald.
Elections were also due to take place in Murzuk, Qatrun and Shargiya but these were postponed to 24 May so as to give more time to local civil society to support them. [/restrict]