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Libya extends voter registration amid boycott call

Libya has extended the deadline for voters to register for national elections by a week to spur more participation amid calls for a boycott by a self-styled autonomous council in the east and threats of similar action by Tripoli civic activists. The free election, set to be take place on June 19, will be a […]

Libya says 330,000 voters register for June poll

The chief of Libya's election commission said on Sunday that 330,000 people have so far registered as voters to elect the nation's first constituent assembly in June. "The number of voters registered by yesterday (Saturday) evening is 330,000," Nuri al-Abbar told a news conference in Tripoli. Abbar said that the number was a "positive indicator" […]

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Libya allows religion-based parties

Libya has dropped a ban against parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, an official said, after the law irked Islamist parties in the run up to the first free election in June. Members of the ruling National Transitional Council's judicial committee on Wednesday read out an amended version of a law governing the formation […]

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Libya opens registration for assembly vote

Libya on Tuesday opened voter and candidate registration centres, in another step towards its goal of holding elections for a constituent assembly in June. "Registration for voters and candidates opened today," Nuri Abbar, head of the electoral committee, told AFP. The vote will mark the first nationwide poll after decades of dictatorship under Moamer Kadhafi, […]

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Libya leader says government to stay put until elections

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) decided on Sunday to keep the interim government in power in the run up to a June election, its leader said, quashing rumors of a reshuffle that has sowed uncertainty in the strife-torn state. The NTC is the unelected body internationally recognized as the ultimate power in the country […]

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Libya bans religious, tribal or ethnic parties

Libya, preparing for elections in June, has banned parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, the government said on Wednesday, and a new Islamist party viewed as a leading contender signaled it would challenge the decision. National Transitional Council spokesman Mohammed al-Harizy said the council passed the law governing the formation of political parties on […]

Libya tries to hold off rise of religious parties with new election rules

Despite a proliferation of newly established parties of all stripes, alarm has spread within Libya that the faultlines throw open by the experiment with democracy will boil down to competing religious or regional loyalties. Members of the Transitional National Council (TNC) backed guidelines that stipulated parties must have a national following and eschew funding from […]

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Libyan Elections 2012: Underlying Challenges and Prospects

In less than 100 days Libya will witness the first elections since 1964 to elect the National Assembly that will replace the National Transitional Council, NTC, in running the country, and these elections are organised in a country that has experienced an armed conflict following a peaceful popular uprising that resulted in the overthrow of […]

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