Libyan election dominates blogs
By Monia Ghanmi for Magharebia in Tunis – 13/06/12
With Libya's landmark election postponed until July 7th, bloggers are discussing the challenges the country faces as voters prepare to head to the polls.
On the blog "My Vision", Dr Khalil Majdoub urged all factions and political movements to take part in making the historic event a success. The blog maintained that salvation of the country, achieving security and stability, and resolving conflict and tribal division are all hinged on the election results.
"Contributing in the elections' success has become a national and moral duty," El Majdoub wrote.
"There is no justification for refraining from participating in them, simply because all solutions to save the state depend on the results of these elections," he added. "There is no doubt that the elections have come to represent hope for the majority of Libyans to break the cycle of failure and frustration."
He also called for a new definition of "state", which he explained has been replaced by the concept of revolution – which is an obstacle to building a state of "law and institutions".
Meanwhile, Abdulrazig Almansori writing at the site "The Libyan Politician" said that a successful election would be vital to achieve stability and to realise the true benefits of the revolution.
He warned about the danger of conspiracies woven by followers of the former regime to derail the electoral process and the need to secure the various stages of the election in order to bring it safely to the Libyan people.
"All armed rebels must guard polling places and election stations and be an impregnable shield against any attempts to tamper with the electoral process," he said. He also called on civic institutions to help "as local observers and co-operate with regional and international monitoring."
To encourage voter turnout and to ensure that the election achieves its desired objectives, Abdullatif at the site "New Libya" called on the media and Libyan authorities to educate voters. He pointed out Libyans have not cast a ballot in decades, as well as the importance of their participation in this historic and pivotal moment in order to establish the new Libya.
Claiming that voters don't understand how this election will work, the blogger warned that the vote will "replicate the past, especially in the tribes that promote the interests of the tribe over the nation".
"The state and the media did not really clarify the picture for citizens in order to make them aware of what is happening and elect people who know what a homeland is and how to build it," Abdullatif added.
In addition to the election, bloggers focused on the return of security tensions between armed militias. The site "Children of Libya" sharply criticised a June 4th attack on Tripoli International Airport.
"The initiative probably carries a message to the international community about the mess created and the arbitration by the law of force rather than the force of law," the blog said. "It is suspicious and unfortunate that those carrying out these acts speak as though they are revolutionaries, and any revolutionaries are in the service of the goals of the revolution."
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