Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Mawlawi, on Sunday cast his vote at the Training School in Abi Samra, Tripoli, for the Lebanese parliamentary elections.
“Elections have taken place as a result of our insistence on carrying them out the best way possible despite the dire circumstances. I call on the Lebanese and my family in Tripoli for a high turnover at balloting boxes and to elect the best for the country. Boycotting elections does not lead to any of the aspired results but allows those whom people do not want to represent them to assume power,” Mawalwi told reporters.
“After completing the voting process, I look forward to proper action and transparent results, and I tell our people in Tripoli, I stand by your side, and I represent you wherever you are, in the government and in Beirut, to convey your voice and your needs,” Mawlawi added.
On the power outage, the Interior Minister said that “work was underway to fix this problem in Al-Tal area, promising that power will be back by the time the vote sorting process begins”.
“Overcrowding is a good indicator. The situation is acceptable with limited administrative problems,” Mawlawi added, promising the prosecution of any act of electoral bribery.
Voters began casting their ballots in a general election for the first time since the October protests of 2019.
Polling stations have opened across Lebanon for the 2022 parliamentary elections. Queues had started to form outside public schools where polling stations have been 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.
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.
Nearly 13,000 Lebanese expats voted across 60 countries earlier on May 6 and May 8.