Questions and AnswersPublished by admin on 13-06-2012 19:30 (701 reads)
1. The international staff members of our embassy in Libya can observe the elections as Guests. But can the local staff (Libyans) of our embassy observe the elections?
Libyan nationals cannot observe elections in the capacity of international observers neither can Libyan nationals employed by the foreign embassies and international organisations accredited in Libya enjoy the status of a Guest. They may, however, join any domestic observer group of their choice to observe the elections, if appropriate.
2. We represent international media. How do we obtain our visa and accreditation to observe the elections?
Any international media willing to observe elections should obtain visa from any Libyan embassy abroad prior to arrival. All Libyan embassies have been notified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Libya to facilitate visa procedures for media representatives observing elections in Libya.
3. Our embassy would like to get registered as a Guest to observe the elections. According to the accreditation requirements, it is necessary to send an official letter to the HNEC. Who is this letter addressed to specifically?
Any requests from foreign embassies (international organisations) related to accreditation need to be addressed to the Chairman of the High National Elections Commission under the letterhead of the embassy (international organisation), signed and stamped by the responsible person.
4. What are the rights, duties and responsibilities of the accredited guests?
The Guest status is reserved for the representatives of invited governments, international staff members of embassies, United Nations agencies and organisations accredited in Libya.
The rights, duties and responsibilities of the accredited guests emanate from the spirit of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations (1946). Upholding the good reputation of their home country, the accredited guests remain apolitical and conduct themselves in an impartial and professional manner.
The accredited guests can follow the entire electoral process, visit the polling stations on the Election Day and take notes, as appropriate. Filming and taking pictures are subject to prior approval of the polling centre/station officials. During the election period, the accredited guests have access to the offices of the High National Elections Commission of Libya, the Media Centre and the Tally Centre in Tripoli as well as the HNEC sub-offices in the districts.