Voters Head to Polls in Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections

Lebanese parliamentary elections kicked off on Sunday amid security measures taken by Lebanese Internal Security Forces and Lebanese Army. Queues had started to form outside public schools where polling stations were set up.

3,663,518 eligible voters will elect 128 Parliament members, with 718 Lebanese candidates are running for elections.

North Lebanon II (Tripoli, Minieh, Donniyeh) registered the largest number with 11 lists while the third district of Southern Lebanon registered the smallest number (3 lists). The Beirut II (Ras Beirut, Minet el Hosn, Dar El Mrayse, Mazraa, Msaytbe, Zkak El Blat, Bachoura, Port) registered ten lists while the Bekaa I (Zahle) came third with eight.

Polling station in the southern suburbs of Beirut

The first phase of the parliamentary elections was held last week for expatriates on May 6 and 8. More than 140,000 out of 225,000 Lebanese registered voters took part in the electoral process.

Since the early hours of Saturday, Lebanon entered a period of electoral silence in accordance with the legislative elections law. Ballot boxes were handed over to the heads of electoral centers.

The country’s 2017 electoral law stipulates that all Lebanese men and women can vote, excluding for military and security personnel, people convicted of a felony, those stripped of their civil rights, or declared bankrupt, among others.

Naturalized Lebanese citizens can vote 10 years after their citizenship begins. This does not apply to non-Lebanese women who obtained citizenship through marriage to Lebanese men. But it does apply to non-Lebanese men married to Lebanese women.

Voters are enrolled automatically in their registered place of origin and the list is available for public inspection at government offices including municipalities.

The parliamentary elections are particularly important since they are the first to be held after the October 2019 protests and the subsequent financial and economic crises.

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