UN official: Libya elections could be rescheduled for June

A senior United Nations official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June after the country missed a December deadline to elect its first president since 2011.

Stephanie Williams, the UN’s special adviser on Libya, told The Associated Press late Sunday that it is still “very reasonable and possible” for the country’s 2.8 million voters to cast their ballots by June in line with the UN-brokered 2020 roadmap.

FILE PHOTO: A Libyan man registers to vote inside a polling station in Tripoli. Photo by Mahmud TURKIA/AFP

Williams, who led UN efforts to end the latest bout of violence in Libya in 2020, said elections are needed in the country to give credence to the country’s institutions.

“All the institutions are suffering a crisis of legitimacy,” she said. “I don’t see any other exit for Libya other than a peaceful political process.”

Libya was expected to hold presidential elections on December 24, 2021. However, the elections were postponed indefinitely due to technical and legal issues.

Williams urged lawmakers, who are convening Monday in the eastern city of Tobruk, to agree on a “clear, time-bound process with a clear horizon and to not create an open-ended process.”

“They have to shoulder a great responsibility right now to respect the will of the Libyans who registered to vote,” she said. “Libyans want an end to this long period of transition that the country has experienced since 2011.”