UN ready to assist Libya elections

2011-09-05 13:37

Tripoli - The United Nations is ready to assist Libya's new authorities in their preparations for elections, UN envoy Ian Martin told reporters in Tripoli on Monday.

"The National Transitional Council has put assistance with the electoral process very high on the list of tasks where they seek United Nations assistance and so we have done a good deal of preparatory work," he said.

The special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tripoli on Saturday for talks with the local authorities on how the United Nations can help them in the months ahead.

Martin said it was "too soon for details" on how the transition would unfold as decisions regarding the electoral system, the establishment of an electoral commission and other technical details have yet to be determined.

"The United Nations is certainly ready to move very fast in bringing the electoral expertise that can assist the authorities on moving on the timetable [for elections] that they have established."

The National Transitional Council has mapped out a timetable which gives it eight months to lead Libya until the direct election of a constitutional assembly of about 200 people.

Within a year of the council being put in place, parliamentary and presidential elections should take place, NTC officials have said.

But the clock does not start ticking until the new authorities, who claim to control at least 90 percent of Libya, proclaim the full liberation of the north African nation.

"That timetable begins running once the full liberation [of Libya] is declared," said Martin.

The NTC, whose forces ousted autocratic Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family from the capital Tripoli on August 23, announced the election programme last week.

Gaddafi and his sons are still at large and several towns remain out of the control of the country's new leadership, including Bani Walid, Sirte and Sabha.

  • Valis - 2011-09-05 14:06

    So why weren't they ready to help when Ghadaffi kept offering to hold free elections overseen by the West?

      King Solomon - 2011-09-05 14:30

      Ghadaffi offered to hold free elections? hahahahahahahahahahahah..........

      john - 2011-09-05 14:55

      Valis, I think you answered your own question: the UN weren't there to help because Gaddafi never offered to hold free elections. He said that he maybe wanted to do it and might get around to it sometime. But that is not an offer, it is delaying tactics. There are very few dictators who have been top dog for 42 years and who suddenly change heart and decide to relinquish power. Humans just don't work that way. Invariably, there is only one way to get rid of them, and it usually ain't pretty.

      slg - 2011-09-05 16:49

      Because he didn't really. His son Seif did at the same time Gadhafi was ranting from his balcony that he'd kill everyone.

      Anton - 2011-09-05 18:40

      Valis, Yes, gaddafi did offer elections, but this was long after he threatened to kill his oppostion,and sadly kept his word. The blood of the oppostion "did" flow in the streets of Libya!!!! This was also long after this gaddafi showed the world, that by shouting ,screaming, and yelling on top of his voice , all kinds of absurdities, he is, to put it mildly, mentally unstable, and not fit to be a leader of a country. The West does not deal with terrorist and psychopaths!!!!!!

      slg - 2011-09-16 22:24

      Because he didn't.

  • King Solomon - 2011-09-05 14:29

    Zuma could have offered the IEC to help with free and fair elections but he is sulking like a child.

  • tommy 2 - 2011-09-05 14:29

    Banki can you please come back from the moon.. You have lost touch with what is going on you puppet.

      slg - 2011-09-05 16:51

      There are a few thousand Gadhafi supporters out of six million Libyans. That's it.

      slg - 2011-09-06 05:08

      It turns out there are just a few hundred. Amazing how fear-based rule just melts away when the truth comes to light.

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