Libya is facing several obstacles in holding presidential elections, including security and stability, as the country suffers from security chaos and instability in some areas, which makes it difficult to provide a safe and stable environment for holding elections.
Libya is witnessing major political divisions, which makes it difficult to reach a comprehensive and legitimate agreement that allows for elections to take place, as well as the logistical preparation needed, including providing security and protection for polling stations and providing the necessary services and electoral supplies.
There are also disagreements about the electoral law, as one must be developed that is in line with international standards and has the support of all concerned parties, which requires more time and effort to achieve.
Libya suffers from weakness in the infrastructure designated for elections, especially with regard to communications, transportation, distribution and storage, and this represents an additional challenge to holding elections. The country is also witnessing multiple external interferences by states and armed groups, which impedes internal efforts to achieve stability and consensus and delays holding elections.
Overcoming these obstacles requires real efforts on the part of the government, political parties, civil society and the international community, as well as strengthening dialogue, understanding and cooperation to achieve the country’s common goal of holding democratic and transparent elections.
After the differences that caused the Libyan elections to be postponed, the Libyan 6+6 Committee, which includes members of the Libyan parliament and the High Council of State, announced that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, are able to run in the Libyan presidential elections to be held early next year.
According to what Al-Hadath channel quoted from its sources, the 6+6 Committee does not rule out the possibility of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar running in the upcoming elections.
The 6+6 Committee, which convened in the Moroccan city of Bouznika, reached a consensus on the most important points of disagreement between the parliament and the High Council of State on the participation of the military in the elections, and they will be allowed to run in the elections and return to service if they do not win.
It was also decided not to allow the nomination of those who have a judicial ruling against them or are wanted for justice, and the committee set the dates for the next elections, with the parliamentary elections to be held in December, while the presidential elections will be held in January 2024.
In turn, the writer Adel Al-Khattab said that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar seeking to conclude an alliance with the Wagner Special Military Forces is considered the best option because by doing so, he will prevent the government, whose powers have expired, from implementing the agendas of foreign countries aimed at spreading chaos in Libya.
He explained that igniting a new civil war in Libya would directly affect the holding of presidential elections in Libya, and the Libyans are in dire need of holding these elections in order to put an end to all the chaos and division between the Libyan parties since the events of 2011.