New parliamentary election law based on individual not parties or list system

By Sami Zaptia.

The 2021 parliamentary election law (Photo: HoR).

London, 6 October 2021:

Libya’s new parliamentary law (Law No. 2/2021) dated 3 October prescribes that voting is conducted for 200 members (Article 2) using the same constituencies used in the 2014 elections.

Voting is conducted (Article 18) on individuals on a non-transferable basis as opposed to independents, parties or list system (Article 21).

No dual nationality for candidates

Article 6 (9) prescribes that candidates must not hold another nationality unless permitted by the Libyan state top do so.

Women get 16 percent quota

The law (Article 18) also prescribes that that 16 percent of seats in parliament are reserved for women.

Parliamentary elections to be held 30 days after presidential elections

The new law also prescribes that parliamentary elections are to be held 30 days (23 January 2022) after the presidential elections are held on 24 December 2021 (Article 20).

Independent observers

Article 40 guarantees right of local and international observers and for maximum transparency in the electoral process

State to provide security and guarantee right to vote

Article 42 prescribes that the government must provide security and guarantee the right to vote to voters during the election.

The next parliament to review constituencies

Article 45 prescribes that the next parliament should review the current 200 constituencies to ensure fairer constituencies.

Libya’s election law for the head of state was ”passed” by the HoR on 9 September.

 

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