Politics & Economics

People in Zawiyah, Libya, prepare for municipal elections

North Africa

29 candidates have stood for the municipal elections in Zawiyah, including 20 from the general category, 5 from the category of disabled people, and 4 women.

Municipal elections took place in the city of Zawiyah, just west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. 29 candidates competed for seats in the municipality, of which 5 were from the category of disabled people and 4 were women.

Ghassan Salamé, the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, himself announced the opening of voting on Saturday. A delegation from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya was sent to Zawiyah to encourage local residents to participate in the elections and vote for the candidates they wish to represent them. The UN has, in general, been heavily involved in the reconstruction of the country and in the restoration of its political institutions and national unity.

There were 50 voting centres operating, with 83 polling stations. Estimations by The Central Committee for the Municipal Council Elections show that around 63% of eligible voters participated.

The Head of the Media Committee of the Municipal Elections in Zawiyah, Osama al-Bako, stated that no electoral violations were detected during the voting process.

About 618 polling staff were trained to manage the polling stations. Training sessions for the polling staff were concluded and attendance was recorded. The attendance rate reached almost 98%.

The Italian ambassador to Libya has also commented on the elections by asserting that it is a positive undertaking for the development of a democratic climate in the country.

Libya has gone through a number of years of political strife and has been subject to acts of terrorism. The presence of ISIS has been detrimental to the country’s political stability and security.

Since the fall of Muammar al-Ghaddafi in 2011, the country has been split along tribal and political lines, especially between Islamist-leaning and secular political factions.

Khalifa Haftar is widely known to be the leading figure in the national political scene in Libya. Despite his numerous opponents, he is seen as the most widely regarded political leader.

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