Good governance and rule of law

Libya’s High Electoral Commission (HNEC) announced that it rejected the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, for the presidential elections of 24 December.

Wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “crimes against humanity,” Saif al-Islam Gaddafi had presented his candidacy on 14 November in Sabha (south). According to a statement from HNEC, he is among the 25 candidates whose application was rejected. These 25 candidates were rejected on the basis of several legal texts as well as letters addressed to them, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, by the Attorney General, the head of the police criminal brigade, and the president of the Directorate of Passports and Nationality.

It is worth noting that one day after the closing of the candidacy file, HNEC announced that 98 candidates, including two women, submitted their applications for the presidential elections of 24 December.