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Libya’s presidential election, scheduled to take place on December 24, has now been called off.

Lawmakers on the committee overseeing the vote concluded on Wednesday that holding it on time would be “impossible.”

“After consulting the technical, judicial, and security reports, we inform you of the impossibility of holding the elections,” lawmaker Al Hadi al-Sagheer wrote to Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.

The High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) has suggested postponing the first round of voting to January 24, according to a statement on its Facebook page.

Why was the Libya vote postponed?

The Commission disbanded electoral committees late on Tuesday and handed responsibility for the vote over to the parliament.

It never released a final list of candidates, with many of them highly contested.

In total, close to 100 people had been running for office in the deeply divided and war-torn country.

Other obstacles include disputes over the laws governing the election, infighting among armed groups, a long-running rift between the country’s east and west and the presence of thousands of foreign fighters.