The 6+6 joint committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the High Council of State (HCS) - which is specialized in preparing electoral laws, announced in Bouznika, Morocco, the postponement of signing the final agreement on the electoral law.
The Head of the House of Representatives (HoR) delegation in the committee, Jalal Al-Shuweihdi, said that representatives of the committee from both chambers agreed on a law for the presidential and parliamentary elections, awaiting the signature of HoR Speaker Aqila Saleh and Head of the HCS Khalid Al-Mishri on the final agreement regarding the law in the few coming days.
The Head of the delegation of the for the HCS, Omar Bulifa, said that the meetings over the course of ten days discussed all the details, and ended with agreement on all points of disagreement. He said they had listed two laws: the first is related to the legislative authority - a law for electing the National Assembly that consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate - and second is the law of electing the head of state.
"What we have accomplished was signed, after agreeing on the points of contention, without interference from any party. The laws gave all parties the opportunity to participate in the electoral process, and preserved the participation of women in the HoR or the Senate, according to what was stipulated in the 13th Constitutional Amendment." Bulifa said.
He explained that the laws also expanded the process of regional representation to all regions of Libya, adding that now the HoR should enact the law in accordance with the 13th amendment of the Constitutional Declaration.
Saleh and Al-Mishri were scheduled to attend the press conference to sign the final agreement, but they chose not to attend due to disagreements regarding the conditions for running for the presidential elections. The two men arrived in Morocco on Monday evening to participate in the signing ceremony of the agreement. Sources said Al-Mishri left the meeting hall due to the dispute and thus the signing ceremony of the agreement had to be canceled.
Meanwhile, the United Nations envoy in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, also did not attend the closing presser of joint committee.