Panafrican News Agency

Consensus Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum fails to agree on one of four proposals

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Consensus Committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) on the constitutional basis for the elections has failed to agree on one of the four proposals submitted by its members, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced, indicating that the four proposals will be forwarded to the LPDF plenary to decide.

"The members of the Committee seeing that all possibilities of reaching a compromise on a single proposal have been exhausted, therefore requested the UNSMIL to forward the four proposals to the LPDF plenary for consideration and decision," a statement issued on Tuesday by UNSMIL said.

It said that the committee agreed on a mechanism for the LPDF to vote in advance on the proposal(s), assuring that the recommended voting mechanism will be submitted with the proposals to the Forum's plenary.

The announcement came after the facilitation on Monday by the Coordinator of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Raisedon Zenenga, of the fourth and final virtual session of the Consensus Committee on the proposals of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, the UNSMIL statement said, noting that the objective of the Consensus Committee meetings was to agree on one or more transitional proposals, based on the Legal Committee's draft, for a constitutional basis for the upcoming national elections on 24 December 2021.

The Committee had before it four proposals, which were submitted within the timeframe set by its members, the statement said.

UNSMIL expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the members of the Consensus Proposal Committee and expects that the next plenary of the LPDF will produce a proposal for a constitutional basis for the holding of national elections on 24 December 2021, as foreseen in the LPDF roadmap and requested by UN Security Council Resolution 2570/2021.

The next plenary session of the LPDF will be facilitated by UNSMIL, the statement said.

The House of Representatives has been discussing since Monday the electoral law drafted by a parliamentary committee during a meeting in Rome, Italy, in collaboration with the High National Electoral Commission and the support of the UN Support Mission in Libya, which requested the involvement of the High State Council in this process, with a view to drafting electoral legislation.

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum failed on 2 July at the end of its meetings in Switzerland to agree on the draft constitutional basis due to persistent differences between its members on the mode of electing a president in Libya, the criteria for candidacy and the primacy between the holding of a referendum on the Constitution and the elections on 24 December.

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