This week, the Lebanese Parliamentary Committee, who is responsible for drafting the new electoral law, will be holding meetings to discuss further the provisions of the new law. The Lebanese Parliament is scheduled to convene to vote on the provisions on 25th September 2008.
Today, the Lebanese website, Now Lebanon,
reports that the Committee has approved Lebanese emigrant's right to vote. The report is reproduce below. Interestingly it also mentions the restrictions on Presidents of Municipal Councils and Unions to stand as an member of parliament.
Watch out for any President of an Zgharta Zawie council resigning in the next coming weeks! It's to late for Gen. Joseph Maarrawi, as he is both the President of the Zgharta Ehden Municipal Council and the Union (Federation) of Zgharta Zawie Municipal Councils.
8th September 2008
After a meeting in Nejmeh Square on Monday, the parliamentary Administration and Justice Committee approved Lebanese emigrants’ right to vote in the 2009 parliamentary elections.
All Lebanese citizens residing outside Lebanon can vote, the committee announced, on condition they register at the respective Lebanese embassy.
Lebanese embassies are to send the list of registered voters to the Interior Ministry by 2009.
The committee also agreed on the tenth article of the electoral draft law, which says that heads of municipalities should resign six months before elections, rather than two years, if they wish to run for parliamentary elections.
The heads of the federation of municipalities are still required to resign two years prior to their candidacy for elections.
also wrote this evening, under the headline, "Parliamentary Committee Allows Non-Resident Citizens to Vote" that
"The Administration and Justice Parliamentary committee on Monday urged Lebanese citizens living abroad to register with the respective embassies so that their names would be included in the voters' lists for the 2009 elections. ,
Committee Chairman Robert Ghanem told reporters Lebanese diplomatic missions would send names of voters to Beirut by Dec. 31, so that central authorities would add them to voters' lists in a month time, allowing them to vote where their reside.,
"We did not give them the right to vote. It is their non-alienable right. We only created the mechanism that allows them to vote where they are living," Ghanem explained. ,
The reforms would be proposed to parliament for tackling by a general session prior to a vote for adoption into law."