A conference was held in the Libyan capital Tripoli, organised as part of a nationwide awareness campaign to support women candidates for the National Congress elections.
The conference was organised by the Libyan Women Union and Maan Nabneeha Movement, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP. It attracted more than 350 female electoral candidates among over 500 guests.
In total, there are 625 women standing in the July 7 elections, 540 of whom represent political parties; 85 are standing as independent candidates. The electoral commission states that 80% of eligible voters have registered, totalling 2.7 million people. Of these, 45% are female.
The number of registered voters is a great achievement for the High National Election Commission, HNEC, and for the people of Libya.
(Source: Tripoli Post)