By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 25 November 2017:
The Dutch government has given $1.65 million to help with the next round of elections in Libya. It has been handed to the UN Development Programme for it electoral project fund which is aimed at ensuring that the High National Elections Commission’s (HNEC) management of the election processes is in line with internationally recognised best-practice.
There was a signing ceremony in Tunis yesterday at which the transfer was formally made to the UNDP.
“For elections to be free and fair, certain technical, political and security conditions have to be met. I do not think that is the case today. We want to support HNEC in preparing for transparent, inclusive and credible elections,” said Dutch ambassador Eric Strating. “HNEC must be ready whenever the conditions change. Only under the right circumstances will new elections contribute to stability in Libya.”
Under UN envoy Ghassan Salamé’s action plan, the aim is to have elections by the end of next year.