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Elections of the Constituent Authority members begin

Tripoli, Libya - Voting has started in Libya to elect the 60 members of the Constituent Assembly that will be in charge of drafting the country's new Constitution, PANA reported Thursday.

In total, 649 candidates are in contention in the three regions - Cyrenaica in the East, Tripolitaine in the west and Fezzan in the south.

Each region has the right to elect 20 members, while five seats were reserved for women and six other seats for Toubou, Amazigh and Tuareg minorities.

The polling stations opened at 08h00 (06H00 GMT) and will cose at to 17h00 local time (19h00 GMT).

The final results of the elections will be published three or four days after the vote, according to a source close to the electoral commission.

On the eve of the election, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) urged Libyans to 'contribute positively to this democratic operation and to create a conducive environment' for the poll.

Pana 21/02/2014