Muammar Gaddafi is dead, and the people of Libya have an opportunity to bring democracy alive.
Voter registration begins May 1 in Libya, the United Nations announced Thursday in an emailed news release.
Libya’s High National Election Commission set the date for registration to begin.
The UN Support Mission for Libya helped the commission get organized, but said the election will be led completely by Libyans.
“UNSMIL encourages all Libyans to exercise their democratic rights and actively participate in the elections by going to registration centers to register,” the UN agency said in a prepared statement.
Elections are tentatively scheduled for late June.
An elected National Congress will draft a constitution.
Gaddafi staged a coup in 1969 and imposed the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
A militia was placed in charge of remolding Libyan society and government, and relations were strained with other nations.
The United Nations placed Libya under sanctions in the mid-1980s for deliberately bombing a commercial flight killing hundreds of passengers.
In early 2011, civil war broke out. By October, Gaddafi had been seized and killed.