Italy and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have extended their partnership agreement to support elections in Libya until December 31, 2023.

In the presence of the High National Election Commission (HNEC) Chief, Emad Al-Sayeh, Italy'sAmbassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino, and UNDP Resident Representative in Libya, Marc-André Franche, inked the agreement at the HNEC HQ in Tripoli on Wednesday.

In a Twitter post, the UNDP in Libya said they "agreed to extend partnership.. to support free and fair elections as the only path forward to resolve the political stalemate."

With the 3.1 million euros deal funded by Italy, the HNEC will continue to receive, through the UNDP, technical support aimed at elections.

It may be worth noting that Libya was due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24, 2021, in conjunction with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the country's independence, before they were called off at the last minute.