First group of municipal elections went “smoothly” say organisers – Al Marsad

Libya, 31 March 2019 –  The first group of local elections held on Saturday went smoothly, the head of the Central Committee for the Municipal Council Elections, Salim Ben Taha, has said. There were no security violations at any of the polling stations.

Local elections were held on Saturday in the municipalities of Wadi Ataba (South), Bint Baya (South), Nalut (Jebel Nafusa), Al-Qala (Jebel Nafusa), Reyayna (Jebel Nafusa), Hawamid (Jebel Nafusa), Baten al-Jabal (West), Zuwara (West) and Ghadames (West).

Turnout rate in the various municipalities amounted to 37.81 percent, Ben Tahia disclosed at a press conference after the polls closed.  Results of the count are expected within the next couple of days.

The fact that polling was peaceful was welcomed by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which, despite the relatively low turnout, added the polling was a strong indication of Libyans’ commitment to electing their local councils.

German ambassador Oliver Owcza who visited a polling station in Al-Qala in the Jebel Nafusa tweeted he had had “positive impressions” of the organisation and conduct of the elections, but did express concerns at the low turnout.

It had been planned to also hold elections yesterday in Khoms, Zultan, Haraba, Obari, Wazen and Al Ghurayfah. However, the first four had voter registration extended until 28 March and the last two had candidate registration extended until 6 April.

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