The Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) said it had been facing a smear campaign to get in the way of its efforts to pave the way for elections, which could bring dangers to the HNEC similar to the terrorist attacks on its headquarters in May 2018.

HNEC said it was committed to doing its job as per international criteria regarding holding elections with transparency and credibility, vowing to side with the people to achieve their desire to hold fair and transparent elections on December 24.

The HNEC and its Head, Emad Al-Sayeh, had been under bitter criticism with accusations of prolonging referendum on the constitution despite receiving the legislation two years ago, in addition to calls of bias regarding the HNEC's electoral centers proposal as observers saw it was unfair for communities' parliament representation.

Al-Sayeh proposed to divide electoral centers and increase parliament members from 200 to 234, giving Benghazi more seats than the bigger city and capital, Tripoli, at the parliament.