New York, 5 July 2012 - Secretary-General's video message to the Libyan people on the 7 July election
On Saturday, you will exercise a right that you have been denied for more than four decades … the right to vote … the right to elect a new National Congress.
This is a milestone in Libya’s long march toward democracy.
The United Nations is proud to have assisted in the birth of an independent Libya.
We will stand by you as you build a fully free and democratic state.
Today, I join the world in saluting you and all that you have achieved in so short a time.
Nearly three million of you have registered to vote. More than three thousand candidates are competing for office.
That includes more than 600 women.
This is, truly, a moment for national celebration.
We all know the road to democracy is long and hard.
We share your aspiration for a peaceful and prosperous Libya founded on the principles of justice, human rights, inclusiveness and accountability.
This Saturday, make your voice heard. Let every Libyan join in building the new Libya.
Statements on 5 July 2012