The French government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have signed a new agreement to allocate additional resources to UN efforts to further strengthen the High National Elections Commission (HNEC)'s readiness to conduct free and fair elections and to prevent election fraud.

The French Ambassador to Libya, Mustafa Mihraje, and the UNDP Resident Representative, Marc-André Franche, affirmed at the HNEC HQ in Tripoli on Thursday, that the election is a political basis for stability, institutional legitimacy, and sustainable development in Libya.

Franche said that access to sufficient and reliable information for Libyans to participate in electoral processes is the key to holding reliable, transparent and inclusive elections and increasing citizens' confidence in the country.

“With the support of the French government, the UNDP will work to enhance its support for the HNEC in developing institutional capacities and staff and raising awareness of the requirements of electoral processes”, he added.