Seventeen presidential hopefuls have urged the electoral commission to reveal the reasons why there will be no election on December 24 as scheduled.
A group of candidates in war-torn Libya's presidential election expect the polls would be delayed despite the lack of an official announcement to that effect.
On Monday, 17 hopefuls issued a joint statement in which they implicitly acknowledged that a delay was inevitable.
The group on Monday urged the electoral commission to "reveal the reasons why there will be no election on the date set" and called on it to "publish a final list of candidates".
Scheduled for Friday, the vote is meant to cap a United Nations-led peace process after a decade of conflict.
But it has been beset by deep divisions over its legal basis, who may stand and court challenges against prominent candidates.
Multiple observers have predicted a delay, but just days ahead of the vote, there has been no official announcement.
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Push for election
Libya, torn apart by a decade of conflict since its 2011 revolution, has seen a year of relative calm since a landmark October 2020 ceasefire and the UN has been pushing for elections as part of a multi-pronged peace effort.
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But presidential bids by several divisive figures, a controversial electoral law and lack of agreement over the powers of the next government have posed a series of obstacles.
The candidacies of warlord Khalifa Haftar and Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi – both accused of war crimes – have sparked particular opposition from rival camps.
Meanwhile, in a country controlled by dozens of armed groups including thousands of foreign fighters, analysts warn that the ceasefire is increasingly fragile.
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