Lebanon… Electoral silence in the first entitlement since the economic collapse

Lebanon… Electoral silence in the first entitlement since the economic collapse
Lebanon… Electoral silence in the first entitlement since the economic collapse

During the electoral silence period, candidates are prohibited from making any statement or promotion on any visual or written media or on social media. It is also prohibited to publish opinion polls or any figures about the expectations of voters.

Security forces began to deploy in the Lebanese regions, where it is expected that more than 20,000 members of the Internal Security Forces will work to protect the polling stations, in addition to about 45,000 members of the Lebanese army to secure the election day throughout the Lebanese regions.

The Lebanese Interior Minister, Bassam Mawlawi, confirmed the readiness of the security forces for the election day, pointing to the activation of proactive security to prevent any security problems in the various regions.

The authorities also seek the assistance of elements from the Public Security Forces and State Security to supervise this day, especially in light of the decrease in the number of the Internal Security Forces due to the economic crisis.

The competent authorities began delivering the ballot boxes to the polling stations in the regions, before distributing them to the polling stations, starting on Saturday evening.

This process is supervised by about 15,000 public sector employees, most of whom are school teachers, who will work as heads of committees, pens, and centers for managing the electoral process.

The Friday, which preceded the electoral silence that began at midnight, witnessed dozens of electoral rallies for the electoral lists, as political statements were marked by sharpness between the various candidates in an attempt to win over the voters before Sunday.

Many describe Sunday as a very important day that defines Lebanon’s image in the next stage.

economic collapse
This entitlement takes place after the catastrophic explosion of Beirut Port, which led to the destruction of large parts of the capital and the death of more than 225 people.

These elections are held in light of the collapse of the Lebanese pound and its loss of about 90% of its value, and in light of the seizure of depositors and their money, and in parallel with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund to get the country out of its crisis.

The parliamentary elections come after huge demonstrations on the seventeenth of October 2019, in light of popular anger at the political class and its performance.

Among the tasks of the new council is to elect a new president of the republic in September 2022, to get the country out of the economic crisis, to implement necessary and required reforms, and to conclude the agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Sunni voice
The Sunni vote will be very important in these elections, as the level of Sunni participation can turn the outcome upside down. In light of the Future Movement’s suspension of its political work, and the calls of the Mufti on the other hand, and prominent Sunni figures for the necessity of massive participation in the polls to prevent Hezbollah and its allies from controlling parliamentary seats in the upcoming elections.

This electoral battle is characterized as a Christian battle par excellence in several districts, such as Beirut Al-Awwal, the third North District, and Baabda and Matn districts. The main Christian forces are battling for the largest possible number of seats.

These elections are characterized by determining the size of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, amid fears that Hezbollah will obtain the majority of seats with its allies, which means, according to many, the party’s parliamentary control of the political scene.

It is also characterized by the active presence of the opposition and independent change forces emanating from the seventeenth of October 2019, where the opposition lists are waging the electoral battle in all constituencies against all the authority parties and traditional forces.

Some parties that were previously in the March 14 coalition say that they are fighting for the sake of restoring sovereignty in Lebanon against Hezbollah’s weapons and Iranian expansion.

As for the March 8 forces, which are competing in unified lists, they talk about Lebanon’s position and defend Hezbollah’s weapons, accusing the rival forces of wanting to change the face of Lebanon.

On the other hand, the forces of change are waging the electoral battle against the two parties to the conflict, raising the slogan of corruption, restoring the state, the importance of accountability, justice, implementing the constitution and fighting the political system that robbed people of all their rights, as described by its candidates.

The most prominent feature of these elections is represented by electoral money, vote buying and bribery on a massive scale, according to monitoring organizations.

Voters and candidates were subjected to campaigns of treachery, intimidation and misinformation by traditional parties in a number of regions, most notably in Hezbollah’s areas of influence.

Attention is focused on the percentage of participation in these elections, which reached 49.6% in 2018. Many say that these elections will determine the level of participation of the forces of change and will show the level of objection to the country’s general performance by the ruling elites.

Others say that this entitlement will not change much in the general picture, as the electoral law on the basis of which the elections are held, was approved by the traditional political forces that prepared it according to its measurement and size in various regions.

The article is in Arabic

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