Libyan High Electoral Commission headquarters was attacked in Tripoli

An official source at the High National Electoral Commission in Libya said that the headquarters of the commission was stormed in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday evening, stressing that this may hinder the presidential elections scheduled for the end of the year.

The official at the Electoral Commission indicated that those who stormed the headquarters describe themselves as “Tripoli revolutionaries,” pointing out that the intruders pitched their tents in the vicinity of the commission’s headquarters in Tripoli.

The source added, in press statements, that the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, is considered “unsafe”, and that it is possible that the commission will take a decision to suspend its work.

Video clips showed the moment protesters arrived at the commission headquarters and set up tents in front of it, to carry out a sit-in, raising slogans “No to elections without a constitution.”

This comes as the media reported, according to a member of the UNHCR headquarters guards, that there was no attempt to storm the main headquarters in Tripoli, explaining that a group attended the sit-in in a parking lot adjacent to the UNHCR headquarters, adding that the situation is not alarming and that the group is civilian and unarmed.

She pointed out that armed groups came from the areas of Tripoli and gathered in front of the main headquarters, in the Sidi Mansour area, and stormed the headquarters of the High Electoral Commission.

She explained that the intruders demanded that elections be held only after approval of the draft constitution. And sources in the commission confirmed that the main operations room for the elections, and its contents of voter records and others, have not been affected.

Some media outlets said that these groups are affiliated with the parties rejecting the elections, especially political Islam currents, and they do not only belong to the capital, but come from areas outside Tripoli.

So far, the commission has not issued any statement, while a source confirmed the presence of a storming of the headquarters, denying that there was any intrusion into the main headquarters concerned with the electoral process.


Arab Observer

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