TRIPOLI, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Libyan voters started to cast their ballots at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Wednesday to elect the 200-seat new parliament.
Long queues of voters are seen waiting at polling stations in the capital of Tripoli and the whole city is under tight security.
According to Libya' s political transitional plan, the new parliament, namely House of Representatives, will replace the current interim General National Congress and a presidential election will ensue to end the country' s transitional phase.
The official LANA agency said polling stations will close at at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) local time, with preliminary results expected within the week.
All the 1714 contestants are registered as independent candidates in the election, as party lists are not allowed under the current electoral law.
With the parliamentary elections, hopes are raised to break the deadlock between the secular groups and Islamists, bringing the country back on the right track after three years of political chaos and growing unrest since the 2011 turmoil which toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.