Facts about Libya’s nationwide elections

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Facts about Libya’s election Saturday for a 200-member General National Congress, the first nationwide vote since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi last year:

• Eligible voters: 3.3 million.

• Registered voters: Almost 2.9 million.

• Not eligible to vote: Officials from Gadhafi’s regime.

• Polls open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time (2 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT; 0600 to 1800 GMT).

• Results are expected within a week of voting.

• Allocation of seats: 100 for Tripoli and the west, 60 for Benghazi and the east, 40 for southwest.

• Candidates seeking election: About 3,700, including 585 women.

• Main contenders: Muslim Brotherhood (Islamists), Al-Watan (Salafis and other Islamists), Alliance of National Forces (secular), National Front (veteran opposition to Gadhafi), National Centrist (former Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni).

• Next steps: New Assembly appoints Cabinet within 30 days. A second election for a 60-member body to write a new constitution. Referendum on constitution. Election for new parliament in 2013.

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