For these reasons, 40% of expatriates did not vote!

For these reasons, 40% of expatriates did not vote!

| Monday 09 May 2022

Omar al-Rassi, “Akhbar al-Yawm” agency         

The people were supposed to send a strong message to all those who brought Lebanon to this situation

The polls closed in the expatriate countries at about 60%, in the general electoral concept, this percentage is acceptable… However, according to the Lebanese expatriates, there are no register of electors that include all the names of those who have completed the age of 21, but there are those who registered of their own free Will in order to participate in the political life of their country during the period from 01/10/2021 until 20/11/2021 ... What happened between last November and the first week of May, and prevented the participation of 40% registered?

A veteran political source explains that under normal circumstances, every polling percentage above 50% is acceptable and respected in democratic countries.

He says, via "Akhbar al-Yawm" agency: in a country like Lebanon where the people yearn for change and have carried out what has been called a "revolution" or "uprising" against the authority, raising the slogan "all means all", in addition to the explosion of the destroyed port of Beirut and the decline of the purchasing power of salaries, the loss of the Lebanese pound about 97% of its value, economic, financial and commercial collapse, and the spread of corruption... The people were supposed to send a strong message to all those who had brought Lebanon to this situation, by voting massively against them.

He adds: the failure to increase the percentage more-although it is acceptable- has its reasons, most notably:

First: part of the people revolted and then stepped back.

Second: many citizens - whether in Lebanon or in the expatriate countries - do not have confidence in the electoral law itself and consider that it does not give the real result of the Will of the people, especially in terms of installing the lists and obliging the voter to vote for all the list with one preferential vote.

Third: a large number of candidates-whether partisan or from the forces of the uprising - did not inspire much confidence and credibility among the citizens.

Fourth: Lebanese abroad have resigned from participating in national life, considering that they are cutting the "umbilical cord" with Lebanon, and want to start a completely new life in the country of alienation.

Fifth: there are important gaps in the geographical and demographic distribution of polling stations.

Sixth: the weekend in most European and American countries is "sacred", which is why some countries do not hold elections on holidays.

Seventh: residents of the countries of the world watch through satellite networks of Lebanese television and touch the level of the disgusting and humiliating Lebanese debate and insults between political forces and candidates, to the point that a state of disgust hit them and they no longer have the desire to choose between them.

The source concludes: Despite these reasons, we say that the percentage of voting is acceptable, but in return those expatriate people are oppressed.

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