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94 percent of Libyan polling stations running smoothly: electoral commission

07-07-2012 21:48 BJT

Head of Libya's High National Electoral Commission Nuri al-Abbar said Saturday that 94 percent of polling stations across the country are running smoothly in the landmark national congress election.

Al-Abbar said during a press conference held in Tripoli that 94 percent of polling stations in the post-war North African country opened Saturday morning as scheduled and are running smoothly, including those in Sirte, hometown of Libya's toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Kufra, a southeastern city that recently witnessed frequent armed conflicts.

Meanwhile, pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV said voting at 20 polling stations in Libya's eastern city of Ajdabiya have resumed.

The TV reported earlier that voting in Ajdabiya and Brega was suspended as electoral materials there had been destroyed by arsonists.

The electoral commission head added that a total of 6,540 Libyans living abroad have cast their ballots. The polling abroad started on Tuesday and will go on until Saturday evening.

Libya's landmark national congress election, which was kicked off Saturday morning and hailed as a milestone on the path toward democracy after the toppling of Gaddafi, has encountered a series of violent disruptions.

A security source told Xinhua that two polling stations in Libya's second largest city Benghazi was attacked Saturday morning.

The attackers stormed the polling stations, destroyed the ballot boxes and set some electoral materials on fire, the source said on condition of anonymity.

No casualties have been reported yet.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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