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Likaât - LEVIT's monthly talk - The new electoral law

Levantine Institute of Tripoli
Event organized by Levantine Institute of Tripoli

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"The new Lebanese electoral law, national implications, local repercussions"

The LEVIT cordially invites you to a debate around the new electoral law, voted on June 16, 2017.

As many analysts highlighted, this new legislation has been quite difficult to understand for most citizens as it comes with a complete reform of the former system based on majoritarian principle, and replaces it with “proportional” representation instead.

Along with a change in the core of representation mechanisms in Lebanon, new circumscriptions have been drawn that articulate 15 major electoral districts. This law, which has been under negotiation for decades, was officially made to fight sectarianism and feudalism.

What are the possible outcomes of such an historical political reform in Lebanon ? Will this law eventually bring new forces into the Lebanese political arena ? What body will be inspecting transparency during the elections ?

Three speakers will try to answer those questions:

- Mohamad KALAMOUNI, delegate of LADE, will give a presentation of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE), a civil, independent organization, specialized in the elections and how closely they are linked to democracy.

- Haniya LAAESH, Lawyer, will give a legal overview of the Lebanese system and the functioning of its institutions.

- Jihad JNEID, Civil activist, will then deconstruct the new law and analyze its impact on the democratic process.

The talk will be followed by the projection of Very Big Shot, a Lebanese movie directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya that portrays how corruption, criminal activity and politics are intertwined in Lebanon.

Date: April 10th, 5:30PM
Location: The Levantine Institute of Tripoli (LEVIT)
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-likaat-levits-monthly-talk-the-new-electoral-law-44831274549

Ahlan wa sahlan!