Lebanon: 2010 Municipal Elections "Acceptable to Good"

The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) released on Thursday its final evaluation of last month’s municipal elections, stating that the elections were “acceptable to good and in accordance with international laws and standards.” Criticisms levied by the organization pointed to the pressuring of some political candidates into withdrawal from the elections; occurrences of blackmail in violation of voters’ right to a secret ballot; and the majority-system currently on the books that does not allow for proportional representation. To address some of these issues, LADE called for the creation of a committee of experts, civil society representatives, and constitutional institution representatives to help formulate a new draft law for municipal reform.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) also published reports on the final two rounds (out of four) of the local elections, providing key statistical data about political parties, candidates, and municipalities.