MAG Libya technical staff remove hazardous items from Muhammed Al-Imam School in Zintan. [Photo: MAG Libya]
MAG played a vital role in guaranteeing safe and secure voting in Zintan when Libya’s first post-Gaddafi parliamentary elections took place on July 7th.
In the week before the elections, MAG cleared five 40mm high explosive incendiaries, two rocket projectile fuses, one 20mm projectile and small arms ammunition from the grounds of Muhammed Al-Imam School, which had been selected to be used as a polling station in the city.
As a result, the hundreds of people who lined up to vote at the school on Saturday were able to do so safely.
The day marked the first time since 1952 that the country’s people have been able to fully participate in exercising their right to vote.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described this historic poll as “an important step in Libya’s road to recovery [...], one part of the process of addressing key issues in the country’s transition, such as ensuring public security, promoting human rights, tackling arms proliferation and ensuring border security”.
9 July 2012