The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Libya held rare municipal elections in nine communities on Saturday, although turnout in the country’s first voting for five years reached only about 38 percent.
Only nine out of 69 municipal councils in southern and western Libya voted on Saturday, officials said. No violence or sabotage was reported.
Libya created 120 municipal councils in 2013 in a bid to end 42 years of centralization and one man rule under late dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Some councils held elections in 2014.
The municipal board of each council includes seven members, which then elects a mayor.
The United Nations is holding the Libyan National Conference in April in a bid to end the country’s eight-year-long political instability. The UN-sponsored conference aims to prepare the country for national elections.