On an invitation from the High National Elections Commission, HNEC, The Carter Centre is sending observer teams to Libya to monitor and report on country's July 7 parliamentary elections.
The Centre launched the limited international election observation mission to Libya on Monday. It would be deploying several teams of observers to for the upcoming National General Congress elections.
Former US President Jimmy Carter said in a statement: "The Carter Centre welcomes the opportunity to observe these historic elections, the first in Libya in almost 50 years. We hope that our presence will contribute to a peaceful, transparent, and credible electoral process, and will support Libyans' aspirations to build a strong democracy."
Carter Centre observers will monitor the remainder of the electoral process leading up to the elections. Their assessment will focus on election preparations, campaigning by political entities and candidates, polling and counting, the tabulation of results, and the resolution of any electoral disputes.
During the immediate election period they will be joined by additional teams of short-term observers who will visit polling stations in many parts of the country as the voters will elect a national assembly that is expected to write a new constitution for Libya..
In light of security considerations, which prevent deployment of observers in some areas of the country and which restrict their movements in others, the Centre's mission will be limited in nature and will not offer a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process.
However, observers' findings and analysis will be shared with HNEC and the public in a spirit of cooperation to enhance the quality of future elections.
The Centre's assessment of the electoral process will be made against the interim constitutional declaration, Libya's election laws and regulations, and the country's international commitments regarding democratic elections and political participation.
Carter Centre observers come from eight countries including Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Sudan, the United States, and Yemen, and are supported by a Carter Centre office in Tripoli that was established in early June.
The office includes a core team of experts in election observation, administration, and law. The Carter Centre received accreditation from the HNEC last month, and has been welcomed by representatives of the National Transitional Council, political entities, and civil society.
Carter Centre core team and observers are to meet with HNEC representatives, political entities and candidates, representatives of civil society, including domestic observation groups, members of the international community, and voters.
The Centre is nonpartisan and conducts its activities in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, adopted at the United Nations in 2005.