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Libya’s elections, in numbers

Libya’s elections, in numbers
June 25 2014, 15:00

Photo: Reuters

1.5 million registered voters

10,087 overseas registered voters

1,734 candidates are vying for seats in the new parliament, the House of Representatives. It will replace the General National Congress, which has been plagued by problems since the election two years ago.

1,601 polling stations

200 parliamentary seats are up for grabs

32 seats reserved for women

How does the electoral system work? 

To discourage political infighting between parties, candidates must run as independents rather than as party representatives. This marks a change from the previous system, under which nearly half of the seats were reserved for political parties and blocs, while the rest were contested by independents.

The electoral law drafted in January 2012 specifies that all candidates must be over 25, and that citizens with dual nationality are eligible to vote and run for office.

What will turnout be like?

Low, according to predictions, due to a lack of preparation and security issues, particularly in big cities such as Tripoli and Benghazi. Though, as one prospective voter put it in a BBC report:

“We will keep voting until we get the right people in.”