By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 2 December 2021:
Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC) reported today that five of its offices were the subject of armed robbery, kidnap and voting card theft on Wednesday. Four locations were in the Aziziya area and one in Tripoli.
HNEC reported that 2,249 cards, including 69 damaged cards, were stolen in the Aziziya area. It is awaiting the report from the Tripoli locations.
HNEC said armed groups wearing civilian clothes stormed the centres and took the remaining cards that were not collected by voters on deadline day Wednesday 1 December, including some voting cards that were punctured by HNEC staff before being stored in boxes at the end of the day.
With regards to the Tripoli location, HNEC said it was subjected to a similar attack on Wednesday but where an employee had been briefly kidnapped before being released. A yet-to-be-determined number of voter cards were also stolen.
It said an inventory is being conducted to determine the exact number of stolen cards and the necessary preventative measures will be taken.