Libya elders urge boycott over Kadhafi presidential bid

  • Seif al-Islam Kadhafi has signed up for the 24 December ballot.
  • Residents protesting the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Kadhafi closed down a number of polling stations” within the west of Libya.
  • No violence has been reported and voting stations weren’t been broken.

Elders from a number of cities referred to as for a boycott of presidential elections and protesters shut voting stations in western Libya on Monday after former dictator Moamer Kadhafi’s son registered to run.

Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, whose whereabouts have been secret for years, on Sunday turned the primary heavyweight candidate to enroll in the 24 December ballot.

However an influential council of elders from Misrata, a metropolis which performed a key function within the 2011 rebellion that toppled his father, referred to as for an election boycott.

The council rejects “the candidacy of those that used extreme pressure in opposition to the Libyan folks’s rebellion and who’re the goal of arrest warrants from Libyan courts and the Worldwide Legal Courtroom”, it stated in a press release.

It urged “free patriots” to protest in opposition to the election happening earlier than a constitutional foundation was agreed.

A member of the electoral fee, the HNEC, instructed AFP that “residents protesting on the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Kadhafi in presidential elections closed down a number of polling stations” within the west.

The official, who requested to not be named, stated there had been no violence and voting stations had not been broken.

Libya first ever direct presidential ballot comes because the United Nations seeks to finish a decade of violence since a revolt that toppled his father in 2011.

Seif al-Islam is needed by the Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC) for crimes in opposition to humanity allegedly dedicated in the course of the NATO-backed rebellion.

However the HNEC stated he had “accomplished all of the required authorized situations” to run.

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On Sunday, outstanding figures within the western metropolis of Zawiya “categorically rejected” presidential runs by each Kadhafi and jap army strongman Khalifa Haftar, who can also be broadly anticipated to announce a bid.

A key a part of a United Nations-led political course of constructing on a ceasefire in October final yr, the elections are opposed by some who argue there was no settlement on their authorized foundation and the powers the winner would take.

Khaled al-Meshri, head of an interim Excessive Council of State, has referred to as for them to be delayed, saying they’re “flawed” and “unlawful”.

The HNEC says round 2.83 million voters have signed up to participate within the presidential and legislative polls attributable to begin on 24 December.

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