Over 2 million register for Libya election

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More than two million people will vote in Libya’s general elections scheduled for later this year, the country’s electoral authority has announced.

The country’s Higher Commission of Elections in a statement said it had registered 2,005,814 voters as of Friday 12 January.

“The registration index of the voter registration system has reached a record high of 2,005,814 voters until 10:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Friday,” it said.

The commission also said women’s registration was moving well, as they account for 41 per cent of the total registered voters so far.

It said the registration exercise will continue until February 6.

“Registration will continue until February 6. The Commission will open the registration system abroad on February 1 through an online electronic registration,” the statement said.

Libya has been rid by conflict since the 2011 ouster and killing of former long-serving leader Muammar Gadaffi.

Gaddafi’s death caused a vacuum which various armed groups sought to fill in what turned out to be a deadly power struggle.

United Nations Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame in September proposed a roadmap aimed at ending the political crisis in Libya, which included amendments to the current UN-sponsored political agreement as well as calls for holding presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of 2018.

Libya has been singled out to be the most preferred departure point for African migrants seeking to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. This has majorly been blamed on human smuggling groups that sprouted due to the political uncertainty in the North African country.