Mansour Says Lebanese Expatriates to Participate in 2013 Electionsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stressed on Saturday that the Lebanese expats “without doubt” will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections.
“Even if they turnout in small numbers they will be able to vote,” Mansour said in comments to Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).
He described the issue as “very important” as it would be a starting point and the base of a wider participation in 2017.
The March 8 majority alliance and the March 14 opposition have been trading accusations on seeking to postpone the elections and holding onto the winner-takes-all system of the 1960 law.
The cabinet's electoral bill that has set 13 districts and is based on proportional representation faced a deadlock in parliament after the March 14 alliance rejected it.
Discussions on several other draft-laws in parliament also stalled in October after the opposition boycotted all legislative and government related activity in the aftermath of the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch chief Wissam al-Hasan.
The coalition has also set the government's resignation as a precondition for attending the all-party talks with March 8 at Baabda palace.