UN Special Representative for Libya Calls for Peaceful Elections - 6 July 2012

7 Jul 2012

UN Special Representative for Libya Calls for Peaceful Elections - 6 July 2012

On the eve of the elections to the National Congress, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya (SRSG) Ian Martin congratulates the Libyan people on this historic milestone in their country's transition towards a new democratic State, for which they sacrificed so much.

SRSG Martin extends his warmest compliments to the High National Election Commission for the tremendous efforts it has exerted over the past months. The establishment of the election machinery, the success of voter registration and the preparation for the poll, all in a short period of time, represent a momentous achievement, which should be a source of pride for all Libyans.

"I urge all voters to exercise their hard-earned democratic right to elect their National Congress representatives. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack today on a Libyan air force helicopter transporting polling material, which has cost the life of a Libyan working to deliver this right to them. I call on every group and individual to refrain from violence or any actions that may intimidate voters from exercising this right, and to ensure that the election is conducted with the highest standards of mutual respect", SRSG Martin said.

"This election will provide the basis for a first government bestowed with the legitimacy of the Libyan people to address their collective aspirations for the future. Great challenges lie ahead, and I hope that the National Congress elected tomorrow will bring about a constitution-making process and a Government that are truly inclusive of all Libyans from all regions and communities", SRSG Martin added.