Lebanese legislative elections: second phase of the vote of expatriates scheduled for Sunday
BEIRUT: Lebanese embassies in countries where the weekend is Sunday have completed their arrangements for Lebanese expatriates to vote in the legislative elections.
There are more than 190,000 Lebanese expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Australia and throughout Europe and Africa who registered their names with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs months ago, among the millions of Lebanese expatriates around the world.
The first phase of the voting process for Lebanese expatriates in 10 Arab and Muslim countries ended on Friday evening, with a final turnout of almost 60% of registered voters.
Three opposition parties dominate the general electoral scene, the Lebanese Phalange Party (Kataeb), the Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Forces party. Hezbollah and the Amal movement dominated the electoral scene in Iran and Syria, which recorded the highest turnout.
Sunni voter turnout was remarkable in the Gulf States, particularly voting in the boxes designated for Beirut’s second constituency.
It was impossible to trace the votes for the forces of change or so-called revolutionary movement candidates who took to the streets in 2019, as they had multiple lists that dispersed the expat vote.
The candidates have committed to an electoral silence that lasts until Monday, in accordance with electoral law.
Arab News contacted sources close to them. One of them said on condition of anonymity: “According to our sources in the Gulf countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, a good percentage of expatriates voted for the forces of the change. Voters who voted for the revolution lists posted pictures of their fingers dipped in blue ink.
“The votes in Beirut’s second constituency, especially by the Sunni voter, were remarkable, although some Sunnis boycotted the elections in accordance with the Future Movement’s decision not to participate. Other voters boycotted because they found no one in the lists of the traditional parties who would convince them to re-elect them, in particular the Shia voter preferred to boycott the electoral process.
According to the final voter turnout results, Syria had the highest voter turnout at 83.79%, Iran 73.83%, Oman 66.45%, Kuwait 65.59% , 49.26% in Saudi Arabia, 66.46% in Bahrain, 59.63% in Jordan. , 48.72 in Qatar, 48% in Iraq and 44% in Egypt.
About 18,000 expatriates voted in these countries, out of about 31,000 registered voters. The overall percentage was 58.89%.
In 2018, the participation rate in Arab countries was around 65%.
The ballot boxes arrived in Lebanon on Saturday, sealed with red wax and equipped with a tracking device via DHL, except for the two ballot boxes from Iran, which Lebanese Ambassador Abbas Hassan brought personally by plane because DHL does not does not deal with the Iranian authorities. . He said the two boxes held 474 votes.
At the Masnaa crossing point, on the border between Lebanon and Syria, the Interior Ministry received three ballot boxes containing 853 votes.
The ballot boxes were transferred to the Banque du Liban to be kept until the evening of May 15, after the end of the electoral process in Lebanon, to be sorted with the rest of the ballot boxes.