Libya scraps results from 24 polling stations

Authorities order investigation into fraud as they prepare to announce results of June parliamentary polls on July 20.

    Fewer than half of registered Libyans voted in the parliamentary elections last month [AFP]
    Fewer than half of registered Libyans voted in the parliamentary elections last month [AFP]

    Libya's electoral commission has announced that it was scrapping the results from 24 polling stations due to fraud committed during last month's parliamentary elections for which voting took place at 1,600 stations.

    An investigation has been launched and those responsible for the alleged fraud will be put on trial, said commission chief Emad al-Sayeh, who was speaking at a news conference on Sunday.

    Libya will announce results of the June 25 parliamentary elections on July 20, Sayeh said, pushing back the results by another week.

    Fewer than half of registered Libyans voted last month, reflecting disillusionment with the chaos prevailing in the country.

    Authorities had hoped the poll would ease the political turmoil and rising lawlessness gripping Libya since its 2011 revolution which ousted longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

    But only 42 percent of 1.5 million registered voters turned out, according to the commission, with several MPs in the 200-seat parliament elected with less than 1,000 votes.

    Sayeh said the final results would only cover 184 seats.

    Polling for the remaining 16 seats would take place at a later date, after voting was not held in several constituencies due to violence.

    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 barred.

    Commentators say liberals will fill most seats in the new parliament, unlike the former assembly which was dominated by Islamists.

    The outgoing General National Congress (GNC), elected in July 2012 polls, had been mired in controversy and accused of monopolising power.

    The crisis came to a head when members of the GNC in February, when its term was due to expire, decided to extend their mandate until December.

    That sparked street protests and forced lawmakers to announce the June election.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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