Voting day in three of Tripoli’s Tawergha camps for internally displaced refugees. For three years they have been living in the camps shelter, short of water, sanitation and food and often afraid to leave for fear of intimidation and violence. Due to the fighting during the war, the towns use by Gadaffi forces and the close proximity to Misrata they are unable to return home, a town that now resembles a ghost town.
One old man said that “we know some people committed crimes but should a whole community be punished for that?” He said he may not be supportive of the government, but that he is voting as he feels this blue piece of paper may be his ticket to returning home, that he wants the Tawerghans to be represented and have someone speaking on their behalf during the formation of the constitution, because after all they are still citizens of Libya.
The rest of Libya was equally quiet on voting day as a mere 497,663 turned out to cast their vote to chose the constitutional committee. Many boycotted the election, while others did not have secure polling stations, whilst others did not know enough information due to a media campaign that did not allow enough time for the public to now the candidates. Those stations that could not open on voting day will try to cast their vote again tomorrow.