Libya election: Historic vote amid tensions
Libyans are voting in their first free election for more than 50 years.
Libya’s vote has been overshadowed by violence and deep regional divisions. According to the BBC’s report, an electoral worker died on the eve of the vote when gunmen attacked a helicopter near Benghazi. Many people in eastern Libya are concerned that the oil-rich area will be under-represented in the assembly. The region has been allotted only 60 seats in the 200-seat assembly. Under the system devised by the outgoing National Transitional Council, 100 seats are allocated to the west and 40 to the south. Polls have opened today with reports of queues forming outside polling stations in the capital Tripoli. It is unclear whether they are opened everywhere as planned. Around 2.9 million people are eligible to vote for the 3,700 candidates standing for the new General National Congress. There are many political parties taking part in the election but the biggest to emerge so far is the Justice and Construction Party. It is made up mostly of Muslim Brotherhood members. (BBC)