UN renews support for free, inclusive elections in Libya

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TRIPOLI, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Libya Jan Kubis reiterated UN's support for free and inclusive elections in Libya away from threats and intimidation, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement on Thursday.

Kubis made his remarks during a meeting with Emad Al-Sayeh, chairman of the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC), the statement said.

During the meeting, Kubis was briefed about the progress made so far by the HNEC in the preparation for holding parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 24, 2021.

The UN official praised the HNEC's efforts to implement the election despite technical challenges in a short timeframe.

"Attempts to prevent the Libyans from exercising this democratic right must be condemned, and the elections should be taken in accordance with existing Libyan laws and relevant Security Council resolutions," Kubis said.

Kubis also expressed his full support to the work of the judiciary during the challenges and appeal process, and expected the judiciary to act professionally and not to yield to the pressure when working for free, fair and inclusive elections.

"Kubis echoed the calls of the recent UN Security Council presidential statement and Paris Declaration on all stakeholders and candidates to publicly commit to respecting the rights of their political opponents, and to accept the results of elections," the statement said.

Libyan parliamentary and presidential elections, scheduled to be held on Dec. 24, are part of a roadmap adopted by the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), with the aim to bring stability in Libya.

The UNSMIL on Monday condemned acts that aim to jeopardize the integrity of the elections in Libya. Enditem

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