The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) commented on the outcome of the work of the 6+6 Joint Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) and High Council of State (HCS) which met in Bouznika, Morocco, from 22 May to 6 June 2023 to develop draft electoral laws for the presidential and parliamentary elections, saying it appreciated the efforts made by the 6+6 Committee and recognized that important elements of the electoral laws and associated issues require buy-in and support from a broad range of Libyan institutions, civil society representatives, including women and youth, and political and security actors, to allow inclusive, credible and successful elections to take place.
"As such, the Mission will continue to work with all relevant Libyan institutions, including the Presidential Council, to facilitate a process amongst all actors to address the contested elements of the electoral framework, secure the necessary political agreement on the path to elections, and enable a level playing field for all candidates." UNSMIL said in a statement on Wednesday.
UNSMIL called on all Libyan actors to engage, in a spirit of compromise, to address all outstanding issues and create a safer and more conducive environment for the holding of elections in 2023, urging all players to refrain from delay tactics aimed at prolonging the stalemate, which has caused so much suffering for the people of Libya.
"In keeping with its mandate, UNSMIL reaffirms its commitment to the holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections to allow the people of Libya to choose their representatives freely and renew the legitimacy of the country’s institutions." UNSMIL added.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Secretary General of the UN, Stephane Dujarric, said that the UN had provided technical expertise to support the 6+6 committee in all stages of the process, calling on the members of the committee to be proud of their efforts so far.
Dujarric added in a press briefing on Wednesday that the outcome of the meetings of this committee were still being reviewed by the UN, appreciating at the same time the efforts and contribution of Morocco in facilitating the meetings of the committee.