Update on the Lebanese Expatriates “Right to Vote”

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Political Stances on out of Country Voting
August 11th, 2008 (for updates)
 
FIGURE
Political Party
POSITION
SOURCE
DATE
Dr. Ali Fayyad
 Hezbollah
Director  of the Center for Research and Documentation and member of Hezbollah’s politburo Dr. Ali Fayyad expressed Hezbollah’s reservation towards
Out-of-Country-Voting, explaining that their support is dependent on assurance from the government that it is able to manage OCV in a fully transparent way.
During a meeting with CCER.
May 26th, 2008
MP Strida Geagea
Lebanese Forces
 
Confirmed that the Lebanese Forces endorse this reform.
A letter addressed to the CCER.
April 29th, 2008
MP Boutros Harb
March 14
Believes that it is a natural right for all non-resident Lebanese. However, he considers that it is a complicated issue and that the Ministry of Interior must show that it has the appropriate mechanisms to implement this reform.
Roundtable discussion at the Saint Joseph University.
July 30th, 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MP Ibrahim Kanaan
Free Patriotic Movement
Asserted that the administrative reforms are as important as districting. He also highlighted the right to vote of Lebanese expatriates.
In a visit to Britain during which he met with MPs at the British House of Commons (Parliament) and officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
July 1st, 2008
He reaffirmed the right to vote of Lebanese expatriates.
A presentation during the first annual conference on “The Role of the Diaspora in National Partnership,” organized by the Free Patriotic Movement, held in Habtoor Hotel, North Beirut.
August 5th, 2008
MP Elie Keyrouz
Lebanese Forces
 
Confirmed that the Lebanese Forces endorse this reform.
A letter addressed to the CCER.
April 29th, 2008
Minister Mohamad Safadi
Tripoli Bloc
 
The Tripoli Bloc supports all administrative reforms, but with reservations towards out of country voting.
During a meeting with CCER.
May 22nd, 2008
 
 
 
President Michel Sleiman
 
Promised that Lebanon will make all the required efforts to ensure Out of Country Voting so that non-resident Lebanese retain their bond with their home country. He also hoped that this will be guaranteed by the new electoral law.
Comments made to a delegation of Lebanese from Paraguay.
July 23d, 2008
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