A Libyan man casts his vote to elect a constituent assembly at a polling station in the eastern city of Benghazi on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA
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Explosions rocked five polling stations in eastern Libya Thursday as voters began electing a body to draft a new constitution, another step in the OPEC producer's rocky transition since Moammar Gadhafi fell in 2011 .Security conditions meant some polling stations in two other towns also failed to open.Only a third of Libya's 3.4 million eligible voters bothered to register compared to more than 2.7 million 19 months ago – and that only after several extensions to the deadline.The Interior Ministry said it deployed more than 40,000 police to secure the nation's 1,500 polling stations, while the Defense Ministry said it had posted 11,000 troops.The 60-strong constitutional committee, drawn equally from Libya's three regions of Tripolitania in the west, Cyrenaica in the east and Fezzan in the south, will have 120 days to draft the charter. Libya plans to go ahead with elections to a new transitional authority rather than wait for the constitution to be finalized.
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