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UN envoy hails voter registration for elections in Libya

(Xinhua)

09:22, May 24, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Ian Martin, UN secretary- general's special representative for Libya, has welcomed the successful conclusion of the voter registration process for the upcoming elections to the National Congress in Libya earlier this week, a UN spokesman said here Wednesday.

According to the UN envoy, 2.7 million people of voting age have registered to cast their ballots and the figures were a " testimony to the commitment of Libyans to their country's democratic transition," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

"Mr. Martin expressed confidence that the Libyan people will continue to exhibit the same spirit and commitment over the coming weeks in the lead up to Election Day," Nesirky said. Martin also pledged that the United Nations will continue to assist the Libyan people in their efforts to build a new Libya.

Libya's electoral commission said on Tuesday that 4,000 candidates had registered for the upcoming National Congress elections, but the commission head, Nuri al-Abbar, reportedly told reporters in Tripoli that he could not confirm the vote would be held on June 19 as yet by the ruling National Transitional Council.

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