Campaigning for the country’s first national election in more than four decades set for on July 7, started Monday as the eligible candidates, 2,501 independents, and 1,206 political association candidates eligible and the 1,206 associated to the 142 parties, Eill be vying for a place on the national assembly that will be entrusted with drafting a constitution. During his 42-year rule, Gaddafi banned direct elections, saying they were bourgeois and anti-democratic. The new assembly will re-draw the autocratic system of rule put in place by the former Libyan dictatorial leader Muammar Gaddafi. The electoral commission said in a statement during a press conference at the weekend, that candidates will have 18 days to campaign, until July 5, that is, two days before the election.
The polls are being held 18 days later than originally planned because of the logistical challenges in a country that is still recovering from last year’s revolution. Eighty of the assembly’s 200 seats will go to political parties with the rest to independent candidates. The assembly’s will be tasked with overseeing the government, draft a new constitution and schedule a new round of elections in two years’ time. About 80% of eligible voters in Libya, that is, around 2.7 million people, registered by the time stipulated for registration in in May.
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