0315 GMT November 29, 2021
Libya’s first ever direct presidential poll, with a first round on December 24, is the climax of a process launched last year by the United Nations to draw a line under years of violence since the revolt that toppled Gaddafi in 2011, according to AFP.
“Seif al-Islam Gaddafi submitted... his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” said a statement by the commission.
It said he had completed “all the required legal conditions” and that he was also issued with a voter registration card for the southern Sebha district.
Seif al-Islam, long-considered his father’s erstwhile heir apparent, was seen registering his candidacy, dressed in traditional robes and headdress.
Libya opened registration on Monday for candidates in presidential and parliamentary polls.
Both are slated for December 24, but in early October parliament split the dates of the vote by postponing legislative elections until January.
Speculation had been mounting for months over a possible presidential bid by Seif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 2011 NATO-backed uprising.
In July, Seif al-Islam, 49, emerged from years in the shadows and told The New York Times he was planning a political comeback.
Until the interview, Seif al-Islam had not been seen or heard from since June 2014, when he appeared via video link from Zintan, in the west of the country, during his trial by a Tripoli court.