Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in a decade have kicked off where up to 3.8 million voters are supposed to vote.
Among the 3.8 million registered voters, more than 700,000 voters will be casting their ballots for the first time.
Lebanon has adopted proportional representation in its parliamentary election. The UK still uses the unrepresentative first past the post system. Interesting!
— Faris Sipi (@FarisSipi) May 6, 2018
In this parliamentary election, more than 583 candidates will compete for 128 seats.
Lebanon introduced a new electoral law to ensure ‘proportional representation’. According to the new law, the voters will be casting two votes.
Waking up to the 1st elex in #Lebanon in almost a decade. Today’s vote is according to a new law based on proportional representation, aimed at allowing space for more independent candidates. But most voters believe outcome won’t change much in the country’s political landscape.
— Sanam Shantyaei (@SanamF24) May 6, 2018
Based upon the new electoral law, the voters will cast one vote for a list of candidates and one for a single preferred candidate.
— Lina Abirafeh (@LinaAbirafeh) May 6, 2018
Lebanon has opened about 6,800 polling stations across the country with heavy presence of security forces.
The voting will continue until local time 19:00.
With blue being the color of #Hariri's Future party, some of his supporters have taken to torturing animals by spraying them with blue paint as part of the parliamentary election campaign. The camel photos are particularly heartbreaking. Shameful behavior. #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/Y05NykVEMF
— Walid (@walid970721) May 3, 2018
Hezbollah, a Shi’a Islamist political party and militant group, told the press to coordinate with them if to report the areas they control such as Beirut’s southern suburbs, Baalbeck-Hermel in addition to the south.