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Elections in AfricaA Data Handbook$
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Dieter Nohlen, Bernard Thibaut, and Michael Krennerich

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296452.001.0001

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(p.523) Libya
Elections in Africa

Hanspeter Mattes

Oxford University Press

This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Libya follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat; 2.2 Electoral Body 1971 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (none given or used); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances (no statistical data are available for the parliamentary elections held from 1952 to 1965, and neither presidential nor parliamentary elections have been held since the proclamation of the Libyan Arab Republic); 2.5 Referendum 1971 (details of registered voters and votes cast in the referendum on the foundation of the Federation of Arab Republics between Egypt, Libya, and Syria); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly (none held); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections (see note under 2.4); 2.8 Composition of Parliament (see note under 2.4); 2.9 Presidential Elections (see note under 2.4); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1951–1998.

Keywords:   coups d’état, elections, electoral body, electoral participation, electoral provisions, electoral statistics, electoral systems, Federation of Arab Republics, history, Libya, Libyan Arab Republic, national elections, parliamentary elections, power holders, referendums, registered voters, votes cast

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