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    Default Lebanese Parliament Elections 2014

    Readiness of the preliminary voter register: resident and non
    - resident voters are requested to check their records

    The Ministry of Interior and Municipalities published a press
    release stating:
    In accordance with Electoral Law no. 25 of 8/10/2008, articles 33,
    34, and 35, the Directorate General of Personal Status (DGPS)
    announced the readiness of the preliminary electoral list, copies
    of which were distributed to municipalities, mokhtars, muhafazat,
    qadas, and to the embassies via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
    order to publish it and circulate it for correction.
    Resident and non-resident voters are requested to check their
    records starting February 10, 2014 on the voters list available as
    well on the official website of the Directorate General of Personal
    Status: www.dgps.gov.lb . We thus call upon all concerned
    citizens to approach their respective registration committees for
    the residents, and to approach their respective embassy or
    consulate for non-residents, between February 10 and March 10,
    in order to file a request for correction of any mistake and if
    needed.
    In addition to the publication of the primary electoral lists at
    municipalities, offices of local representatives, and Governorate
    and District centers, and in order to facilitate voters access to
    check their names and make sure they are able to vote during the
    upcoming parliamentary elections expected in Autumn 2014, the
    MOIM established a Hotline (1766) to provide answers and
    guidance in response to citizens enquiries starting February 10
    and until March 10, from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

    http://www.lade.org.lb/getattachment...-register.aspx

    I have created this thread for anything related to the Parliament Elections 2014.

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    Excellent map which shows the confessions and their increase or decrease in power in Lebanon from 2009 to 2014.

    http://lebanonelectiondata.org/confessions.html

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    As we can see from the map the muslims have more power in several districts.

    Sunni - In 2014 more power in Akkar, Tripoli and Beirut.
    Shia - In 2014 more power in Beirut.
    Druze - In 2014 more power in Aley.

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    As we can see from the map the christians are losing power in several districts. The power lost is minimal not much but the percentages are going down eventhough the number of voters are going up.

    Maronite - Akkar, Baalbeck, Zgharta, Jbeil, Chouf, Jezzine and Saida.
    Greek Orthodox - Akkar, Minnieh-Dinnieh, Tripoli, Koura, Aley, West Bekaa-Rachaya and Marjeyoun and Hasbaya.
    Greek Catholic - Baalbeck, Zahle, West Bekaa-Rachaya and Saida.

    ONLY the maronite sect expanded their power in Keserwen and Matn.

    There are many reasons why this is so.

    1) The christians are scattered across all lands in Lebanon from North to South therefore they are eaten by the bigger sects in the district.

    2) We need an electoral law that truly represents the people of the country and it should be on proportional.

    3) We need to revoke the naturalisation law of 1994.

    4) We need the Lebanese outside to get their citizenship and to vote outside NOT for 2-3 MP's but for the whole 128 depending on the district they are from. This will increase the size of the christian electorate in each district.

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    Geagea: Citizens must be ready for parliamentary polls













    The Daily Star

    BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called on Lebanese citizens to assume their responsibility in upcoming parliamentary elections, arguing that the solution to the presidential void lies in the hands of the people.
    The decision is in the hands of the Lebanese citizens who will choose either to save themselves by changing the current political class, or keep [the same politicians] and allow the situation to stay as it is, he said in a speech given Friday during the Lebanese Forces annual banking sector dinner.
    Geagea urged citizens to decide their fate for themselves, lauding the ability of a Lebanese electorate to elect their representatives in parliamentary elections set for November.
    He said that Lebanon was one of the few countries in the region where people choose their candidates in elections, adding that the people have the choice, and I hope they choose in a right manner when the first opportunity for us to achieve all our goals arrives.
    Geagea called on citizens to consider the political stalemate in the country before voting, arguing that the parties which have boycotted the presidential election should be voted out for "disrupting democracy, governmental institutions and the interests of Lebanese citizens.
    The Lebanese forces leader urged support for political blocs that are protecting institutions, saying that citizens should back such parties to preserve national interests.
    Parliamentary polls are scheduled for November after lawmakers extended Parliament's mandate by 17 months in May 2013.
    Last year's extension came after lawmakers failed to endorse a new electoral law, which has still not been agreed upon, throwing November's election into doubt.
    A diplomatic source told The Daily Star last week that preparations were underway for another extension of Parliaments mandate, due to political, legal, constitutional and technical difficulties that would prevent parliamentary elections from taking place in November.






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    (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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    Berri: Parliament extension possible if no new president by mid-August

    BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri signaled Thursday a possible extension of Parliaments mandate if a new president was not elected by mid August, in the first strong indication that parliamentary polls, scheduled in November, could not be held.
    Berri also told visitors at his residence in Ain al-Tineh that the outcome of his Amal Movements ongoing dialogue with the Future Movement on key political issues was negative, which had led to scuttling a Parliament session this week on the extra-budgetary spending to pay salaries of civil servants.
    Berris remarks come on the eve of an important speech by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is expected to make a proposal to help break the presidential election stalemate, now in its second month.
    Hariri will address in a televised speech Friday night Future and March 14 politicians during an iftar hosted by the Future Movement at the BIEL complex in Beirut.
    No details about Hariris proposal have emerged. But Future MP Ammar Houri said Hariris speech would address all issues under discussion and resolve matters in a way to comfort the people.
    [Former] Prime Minister Saad Hariri has always been a source of positive proposals, Houri told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
    In the third round of talks between the Amal and Future Movements, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and Nader Hariri, head of Saad Hariris office met at the Finance Ministry Thursday night to discuss the political deadlock. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, who belongs to the parliamentary bloc of MP Walid Jumblatt who has arranged the Future-Amal dialogue.
    Berri called Thursday for a Parliament session next week to elect a new president, the ninth attempt in less than four months.
    But, in the absence of an agreement between the March 8 and March 14 parties on a consensus candidate, the new session, set at noon Wednesday, is destined to fail like previous ones over lack of quorum because of an expected boycott by lawmakers from MP Michel Aouns bloc and Hezbollah and its March 8 allies, political sources said.
    The presidential vacuum has paralyzed Parliament legislation and is threatening the Cabinets work amid growing fears that the failure to elect a president could lead to another extension of Parliaments term.Asked about the possibility of renewing Parliaments term again, Berri told visitors: The smell [of extension] begins if we passed mid-August without electing a president because the extension [of Parliaments mandate] would then become possible.
    Referring to the Future Movements argument that the beginning of the deadline for parliamentary polls and holding the elections without the election of a president would lead to the governments resignation and there would be no president to hold binding consultations to name a prime minister, Berri said: Thats why a president should be elected from now until August.
    He reiterated his stance that the security situation, despite threats of car bombings hanging over the country, allowed holding parliamentary elections on time unless there was a major security development.
    Noting that the Interior Ministry was preparing for the elections, Berri was quoting as saying: The failure to take precautions to conduct the elections will plunge the country into further vacuum: No president, no government and no Parliament.
    Asked about consultations to hold a legislative session to pass laws on extra-budgetary spending to pay civil servants salaries, Berri said: There are no contacts or consultations. There will be no salaries for civil servants at the end of the month unless Parliament approves a law in this respect.
    He said he would not allow the law to be violated on the payment of salaries of public sector employees in the manner it had been adopted since 2005 as demanded by the Future Movement.
    Declaring that the results of dialogue between the Amal Movement and the Future Movement to resolve key political issues, including the extra-budgetary spending, were negative, Berri told visitors: They [Future] do not want a Parliament meeting. In this case, what will this Parliament do? It does not elect a president, nor does it legislate or monitor. Is it merely for the payment of lawmakers salaries?
    Meanwhile, U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly underscored the urgency of ending presidential vacuum, which he said is affecting the proper functioning of state institutions, including Parliament.
    We agreed that the negative impact of the vacancy in the presidency on the work of state institutions across the board, including here in Parliament, is day by day more evident, underlining the importance of all concerned coming together to ensure the election of a president without further delay, Plumbly said in a statement after meeting Berri at Ain al-Tineh.
    The French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli also called after meeting Berri for the election of a president as soon as possible. This is the message from France to Lebanon through the Parliament speaker, he said.


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    The Daily Star

    BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk launched preparations Wednesday for Parliamentary elections due to take place November, and issued a decree inviting the electorate to participate in the upcoming elections.
    The decree calling on resident and non-resident members of the electorate to participate in the elections was issued on the basis of the enforced electoral law No. 25/2008, and was sent to Cabinet in accordance with constitutional deadlines.
    The Interior Minister had previously issued a degree to Cabinet regarding the formation of the supervisory council overseeing election campaigns.
    Machnouk is set to address relevant bodies on the appointment of new members of the supervisory council.
    Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nabih Berri rejected any extension of Parliament’s mandate, saying that he had already called on the Interior Ministry to prepare for forthcoming elections.
    As the presidential vacuum drags on into its third month with no solution in sight, the stage is being set for a possible new extension of Parliament’s mandate, which expires in November.
    Parliament has failed to elect a new president for the 10th time since April, due to a lack of quorum to pick a successor to the former president, Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25.
    Machnouk also met with US Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale Wednesday, with the two discussing escalating tensions in Arsal and the pressing need to support the Lebanese Army.
    The Interior Minister spoke of the importance of coordination between the US Embassy in Beirut and the Internal Security Forces, saying that coordination agreements were put in place to reinforce the role of the ISF.
    Following his meeting with Hale, Machnouk met with UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ross Mountain.
    The Interior Minister spoke on the importance of coordination between all relevant parties “in order to protect civilians and provide safe passage for wounded Lebanese civilians to leave Arsal,” and called for “cooperation between the Army, the UN and the Red Cross in delivering humanitarian aid to the residents of Arsal.”
    For his part, Mountain spoke of cooperation projects between the UN and the Interior Ministry, “like the project reinforcing Lebanese civil defense and the project supporting upcoming elections.”
    A clash emerged Saturday in Arsal, an eastern town bordering Syria, after militants from groups fighting in Syria attacked Army bases attempting to take over the mostly Sunni-village.
    Confrontations have continued despite truce attempts, killing 17 Army soldiers and at least 12 civilians.
    A preliminary cease-fire was breached by an assault on the Army Wednesday, prompting the latter to resume its military campaign against the extremist jihadists.




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    الراعي لوفد شبابي من اصل لبناني: أطلب منكم الحفاظ على الجنسية اللبنانية

    رحب البطريرك الماروني الكاردينال مار بشارة بطرس الراعي بالشباب المتحدر من أصل لبناني الذي يزور لبنان حاليا وشكر زيارتهم للبلد الأم.
    الراعي وخلال إستقباله وفداً من الشباب المتحدر من أصل لبناني في الديمان قال: “وقد شاركتم بأعمال الأكاديميا المارونية وستنالون شهاداتكم يوم السبت في احتفال بإسم دورة انطوان الشويري، وأشكر السيدة بستاني على كلمتها كما أشكر رئيس المؤسسة المارونية للانتشار الوزير ميشال إده ونقدر أعمال هذه المؤسسة ونحيي السيدة روز الشويري التي تهتم بالأكاديميا”.
    أضاف :”أنتم سفراء لبنان الحقيقيون في بلدان الإنتشار الآن وقد تعرفتم على لبنان من خلال الأكاديميا وتعرفتم على الحضارة والتراث. آمل أن تترسخ العلاقة بينكم وبين لبنان المقيم وهي علاقة عضوية تشبه الأرزة التي جذوعها في الوطن وأغصانها في كل مكان. وكما الجذع بحاجة للأغصان فإن الإغصان بحاجة للجذع فنحن بحاجة اليكم وأنتم بحاجة إلينا، ولهذا فإن الأكاديميا التي تقوم بها المؤسسة اللبنانية للانتشار والدورات التي تابعتموها تجعلكم تزدادون معرفة بواقع وتراث وجذور بلدكم ونحن نعتز بكم ونفتخر ايضا، ونأمل أن يعطيكم مشواركم الى لبنان دفعا كبيرا، وان كان بلدكم الأم يمر بمرحلة صعبة لكن ثقافته وحضارته لم يموتا”.
    وتابع :”أطلب منكم الحفاظ على الجنسية اللبنانية، ومن ليس معه الجنسية عليه أن يتسجل في السفارات حيث هو، لأن لذلك أهمية كبرى بالنسبة لنا ولكم، ولكي تكون معكم جنسية تساعدكم في حال حصل شيء في البلدان حيث أنتم في الحفاظ على حقوقكم في بلدكم الأم، وتمكنكم من العمل وما من أحد يعرف ما يخبىء له المستقبل”.
    وقال :”أما بالنسبة إلينا، فانكم تعرفون ان النظام في لبنان قائم على التوازن الطائفي بين المسيحيين والمسلمين، ولهذا عليكم أن تتسجلوا لكي نحافظ على هذا التوازن، ولكي لا تشطب أسماؤكم من لوائح الشطب الإنتخابية وتكونون في الحسابات الرسمية مثل الموتى. أنتم أحياء ونريد الحفاظ عليكم ولن نقبل بأن تحسبوا بين الأموات وبذلك نؤمن التوازن ونحافظ عليه والمساواة في لبنان جعلت الدستور لا ينص على دين الدولة وهذا كنز كبير للعالم الشرقي والغربي”.
    وكان البطريرك الراعي ترأس اجتماعا لنوابه العامين حيث جرى البحث في أمور كنسية وأخرى تتعلق بالأبرشيات التابعة للبطريركية المارونية، كما تناول البحث شؤونا وطنية عامة.

    Even if 50K to 100K people got their nationality it will bring back some balance back to Lebanon.


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    Decree no. 321: Parliamentary Elections Writ The Call for the Voters to Elect the Members of the Parliament


    Decree no. 321: Parliamentary Elections Writ
    The Call for the Voters to Elect the Members of the Parliament


    The Council Of Ministers ,

    Pursuant to the constitution, namely article 62 thereof,

    And pursuant to law no. 25 issued on 8/10/2008, namely article 43 , 44, 80, 104, 105,110 and article 115 thereof,
    And pursuant to law no. 246 issued on 31/05/2013, aimed to extend the mandate of the current parliament exceptionally until 20/11/2014,
    And based on the proposal submitted by the Minister of Interior and Municipalities,
    Decrees the following:

    Article one:
    The voters of all electoral districts stipulated in law no. 25 of 8/10/2008 are hereby invited to elect the members of the parliament according to the following dates:
    1- Voting of the Lebanese residing on the Lebanese territories on Sunday 16/11/2014
    2- Voting of the Lebanese expatriates as follows:
    - The State of Kuwait on Friday 7/11/2014
    - Australia (Sydney / Melbourne) on Sunday 9/11/2014

    Article two:
    The present decree shall be published in the official gazette and advised of when need be and shall be immediately implemented upon publication.

    Beirut on 19/08/2014
    Issued by the Council Of Ministers

    Prime Minister Tammam Salam
    Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel
    Minister of Telecommunication Boutros Harb
    Minister of Works and Transport Ghazi Zeaiter
    Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon
    Minister of State Mohammad Fneish
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil
    Acting Minister of Interior and Municipalities Samir Moqbel
    Minister of Information Ramzi Joreige
    Minister of Environment Mohammad Mashnouq
    Minister of Youth and Sports Abdul-Muttaleb Al-Hinawi
    Minister of Justice Ashraf Rifi
    Minister of Culture Remon Areiji
    Minister of Agriculture Akram Shehayyeb
    Minister of Energy Arthur Nazarian
    Minister of Finance Ali Hasan Khalil
    Minister of Health Wael Abu Faour
    Minister of Industry Hussein Hajj Hasan
    Minister of State Nabil De Freij
    Minister of Social Affairs Rachid Derbas
    Minister of the Displaced Alice Shabtini
    Minister of Labor Sejaan Azzi
    Minister of Economy Alain Hakim
    Minister of Education Elias Abu Saab



    HOW DO WE VOTE IN SYDNEY?




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    Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq issued a decree for candidates wishing to run in the 2014 parliamentary polls to submit their nominations.

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