Tripoli: Raisedon Zenenga, Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has reaffirmed the importance of political parties in the development of a democratic system in Libya. Zenenga made his comments during a meeting with leaders and representatives of the country's political parties to hear their views on the upcoming elections.
The UN mission said in a statement that "participants expressed the importance of holding elections to fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people for a stable Libya." According to the statement, some of the participants expressed their concerns about the need for greater inclusivity in the electoral framework, the importance of building consensus with the help of the UN and international partners to ensure universal acceptance of election results, as well as the need to ensure the safety of candidates and voters.
Zenenga reaffirmed the importance of political parties in Libya's efforts to build a democratic political system, and UNSMIL's priority is to assist Libya in holding elections that unite Libyans, deliver stability, and produce legitimate institutions that are acceptable to all Libyans, according to the statement. As part of a roadmap adopted by the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, Libya is expected to hold general elections on December 24 this year.