They warn about media chaos prior to legislative in Lebanon

Two days before the beginning of the legislative elections in Lebanon, scheduled for Sunday May 15 but with the early vote of the emigrants on the 6th and 8th, the head of the Electoral Supervisory Authority, Judge Nadim Abdel-Malik, warned this Wednesday about the increase in hate speech, insults and incitement to sectarian conflict present in the political campaigns of the candidates.

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In an interview granted to a local media, Abdel-Malik acknowledged that there has been inequality in press coverage and appearances in the media.

At the same time, he warned the candidates for the seats and the various political forces about the disastrous consequences of holding intimidating speeches and spreading rumors and inaccuracies, and valued that this threatens the impartiality and transparency of the elections.

Due to the impact of the economic crisis, experts consider that citizens assume the election day with skepticism.



electoral panorama

To exercise suffrage, in the eight governorates and 25 districts, 2,022,387 women and 1,945,120 men registered, for a total of 3,967,507 voters.

According to international media, nearly 1,000 candidates will compete for 128 seats, divided equally between Christians and Muslims.

Until the end of March, a total of 155 women presented themselves as candidates, a figure that exceeds their participation in the 2018 legislative elections.

Press reports indicate that the Beirut II constituency, in which 11 seats will be contested, registers the largest number of nominations, with 118.

This Tuesday, deputies from different political forces and religious leaders called on the people to go to the polls and stressed that exercising the vote contributes to building a developed state and recovering the economy.

Among the most powerful parties ahead of the elections are the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Hezbollah, Progressive Socialist and Syrian Social Nationalist.

Weeks ago, the European Union announced that it will deploy a hundred observers in the elections.

Voting abroad

The participation of 255,144 voters residing in 58 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, in addition to Australia and the United States, is expected, for whom 205 voting centers and nearly 600 polling stations will be set up.

The number of requests to participate reached 230,466, although a group of them were rejected on the grounds that they did not meet the necessary legal requirements.



The media anticipate that the attendance at the polls of Lebanese residing in the Persian Gulf countries will be lower than on previous occasions, since a significant number of them traveled to Lebanon on vacation, will not return to those nations before next week and cannot exercise suffrage in his native country.

According to the local press, the elections abroad will be broadcast live on a giant screen at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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