UPDATE 1-Libyan election commission says needs budget for February constitution vote
Western powers and the United Nations hope Libya will hold a national election by June after a referendum on a constitutional framework to chart a way out of a conflict stemming from the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
A French plan, backed by the United Nations, had initially called for a presidential and parliamentary vote on Dec. 10.
But weeks of fighting in the capital Tripoli between competing groups and almost no progress between the North African country's two rival parliaments made that impossible.
Now Emad al-Sayah, chairman of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), said on Thursday his group needed funding to plan for the constitutional vote.
It was not immediately possible to reach the internationally backed government.
A draft constitution has been drawn up to be put to a referendum, but it is not clear how that will work.
The United Nations also wants to stage a national conference for Libyans in early 2019 to overcome divisions and decide what type of elections they want, presidential or parliamentary.
Sayah said the date for the constitutional vote needed to be agreed with the internationally recognised parliament, the House of Representatives (HOR), which took last week the first legislative steps towards it.
"When it comes to the physical implementation of the actual suffrage, there is no reason to think Libya, taken as a whole, is logistically ready to make it happen in a satisfactory, sage way for all constituents in most territories," he said.
Libya has two governments, the Tripoli one and a rival version in the east allied to commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control the east.
Sayah also said better security was needed.
In May, Islamic state suicide attackers stormed the commission's Tripoli headquarters, killing at least 12 of its staff. ($1 = 1.3931 Libyan dinars) (Additional reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli in Benghazi and Ulf Laessing in Tunis Editing by Ulf Laessing and Alison Williams)
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