Mashnouq Says Elections Will be a 'Lebanese Democratic Carnival'

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has announced that the upcoming polls will be “a Lebanese democratic carnival, after a ten-year absence of parliamentary elections.”

“The electoral law is based on four elements: proportional representation, the preferential vote, counting and voting,” the minister said.

“Each vote can make a difference, because each vote can boost a list's percentage and qualify it” to win seats, Mashnouq explained.

He noted that the elections will “renew Lebanon's political cells” and that “the law reflects each candidate's true political weight.”

Candidate registration closed at midnight while the deadline for registering electoral lists will expire on March 26.

The elections will be held on May 6 under a complex proportional representation system based on 15 districts.

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