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Municipal election started on Saturday in 15 Libyan cities, including Benghazi in the eastern part of the restive North African country.
"Polling stations opened doors to voters to cast their ballot," election commission official al-Mahdi al-Bahlol told Anadolu Agency.
Voters will cast ballot to select members of municipal councils in 15 cities.
In Benghazi, voters will cast ballot at 128 polling stations to choose nine members for the city's municipal council, according to election commission spokesman Fouad al-Fitouri.
Libya's Municipal Council Law 59/2012 allows municipal councils in cities with a population more than 250,000 to have nine members, while cities with smaller population are allowed to have municipal councils with seven members only.
Al-Fitouri said 74 people are contesting the nine seats of Benghazi's municipal council after three potential candidates decided to walk out of the race.
This is the second round of municipal elections in Libya after polls were held in four municipalities last November.
Elections are expected to be held in 83 more municipalities, including the capital Tripoli, later. Dates, however, has not yet been set for the vote.
Libya's interim government has recently divided Libya's cities into 102 municipalities. Some of these municipalities are expected to be turned into provinces later.Last Mod: 19 Nisan 2014, 11:54