Polls have opened in Libya's election for a 200-member General National Congress, the first nationwide vote since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.
Here are some key facts:
- Eligible voters: 3.3 million
- Registered voters: Almost 2.9 million.
- Not eligible to vote: Officials from Gaddafi's regime.
- Polls open from 8am to 8pm local time (7am-7pm BST).
- Results expected within a week of voting.
- Allocation of seats: 100 for Tripoli and the west, 60 for Benghazi and the east, 40 for south west.
- 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 Gaddafi), 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.