Libya’s municipal elections begin, despite funding challenges and public skepticism

Six months after the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) announced the launch of municipal elections, the Commission has initiated elections for the first group of municipal councils with expired terms and newly established steering councils.

Despite many hurdles, including funding challenges and political obstacles, Libya is finally going ahead with its highly anticipated municipal elections.

According to the lists published by the HNEC, the first group includes 60 out of the 106 municipal councils targeted for elections this year. This group consists of 31 councils in the western region, 12 in the east, and 17 in the south. “Registration for municipal council elections is a completely separate process from national elections,” HNEC stated, noting that voter registration is conducted through SMS or designated registration committees and is limited to residents of the targeted municipalities.

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