LPDF Members Propose Selection Mechanism for the Presidential Council and Government by “Zoom” Voting – Al Marsad

Thirty-five members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) submitted a proposal titled “Facilitating LPDF Functioning and Time Management Team” that indicates a video vote through “Zoom” to choose a mechanism to nominate the members of the new Presidential Council and Prime Minister.

(Libya, 25 November 2020) – The proposal advises “to continue the discussion via video during the first half of tomorrow’s round (November 25, 2020). In the second half by video conference, the selection is also made from among the four mechanisms presented by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in addition to any other mechanism presented by LPDF’s members”.

The proposal also states, “any mechanism that gets 75% of the votes or two-thirds + (50% + 1 in each region) condition would win. Otherwise, another round will take place between the two mechanisms with the highest votes.”

According to this proposal in the video session tomorrow, a date for the direct meeting will be set to conduct the candidate selection process. Each candidate shall present the rationale for their candidacy, and a date is set for them to present their vision to the LPDF, followed by voting and selecting those who have the LPDF’s confidence to assume the four positions and then the closing ceremony takes place.

As for the majority of the signatories to the proposal, they are among those who announced during the last round their support for the candidacy of each of Aguila Saleh as President of the Presidential Council, Abdul-Majid Saif al-Nasr as Vice President, and Fathi Bashagha as Prime Minister.

A source from the LPDF said that he refused to vote in this way: “Voting via zoom loses free will by losing confidentiality and loses integrity because it is not possible to monitor the counting of the relevant people and representatives of the Libyan people. It also involves legal issues that may make it vulnerable to appeal later in the courts. Williams’s term has ended and she will leave within two weeks. She is trying to accomplish anything, even if defective, before leaving. This would thus leave us to suffer in the future.”

The signatories to the proposal are:

1. Ali BuNajim
2. Misbah Doma
3. Mabrouka Al-Qamaty
4. Khadija Abdel-Aal
5. Abdul-Razzaq Al-Arradi
6. Wafia Saif Al-Nasr
7. Ahmad Al-Sharkasy
8. Ramadan Al-Senussi
9. Azza Al-Sayd
10. Umm Al-Izz Al-Farsi
11. Anas Al-Hamri
12. Ali Abdul-Aziz
13. Amal Buqaiqees
14. Abu Bakr Said
15. Abu Bakr Misbah
16. Abu Bakr Awaidat Omar
17. Nizar Kawan
18. Khaled Glio
19. Jazia Shaiter
20. Muhammad Misbah Al-Barghouthi
21. Al-Sayda Yacoobi
22. Muhammad Al-Raedh
23. Dr. Lamees Abdul-Majeed bin Saad
24. Muhammad Al-Ajili Al-Hasnawi
25. Abdullah Othman Abdullah Abdul-Rahim
26. Said Saleh Kala
27. Masaud Al-Orfi
28. Saleh Al-Mansouri
29. Abdul-Jalil Al-Shawish
30. Muhammad Al-Lafi
31. Belqasim Al-Nimr
32. Dr. Magda Al-Fallah
33. Moaz Al-Manfoukh
34. Abdul-Qader Hassan Yahya

Our sources this evening, however, said that the remote voting mechanism is opposed by at least 33 LPDF members from the anti-Muslim Brotherhood group. 

Additionally, a petition signed by 34 LPDF members requests that video-conference (zoom) meetings be limited to discussion and consultation. Voting and election must take place in an in-person session inside or outside Libya.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)

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