Provisional Results Elections Announced

The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) has issued the provisional results of the elections for the House for Representatives. Candidates and others now have two days to appeal them.

The head of HNEC, Emad Al-Sayeh, also announced that 12 seats had not been filled, such as Rigdaleen – Zultan, where 200 votes separated the two leading candidates, but where five hundred voters were prevented from voting; that contest will be rerun.

Results were annulled at 24 polling centres because of fraud, and these would not be rerun. The situation could lead to legal proceedings.

A further 41 candidates have been rejected by the Public Official Standards Commission, set up by the Political Isolation Law.

According to Middle East Online, the future makeup of parliament will only be known after the formation of political blocs, since the vote was open only to "individual candidates" and lists were not allowed.

Liberals are likely to fill most seats, unlike the former assembly which was dominated by Islamists.

Final results will be announced on 20th July, a delay of another week.

(Sources: Libya Herald, Reuters, Middle East Online)

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