In about 40 days, 103 election lists will contest for 128 seats in the Lebanese Parliament.

With only 77 lists in the previous election in 2018, no one expected such a large number.
In the Tripoli constituency alone, there are 11 rival electoral lists, followed by the capital, Beirut, which has ten competing lists.

While the number of lists in all constituencies has increased dramatically, the third constituency in South Lebanon has the fewest, with only three.

These legislative elections are especially significant because they are the first since the October 2019 protests and the ensuing financial and economic crisis.

In addition, this parliament will elect the next Lebanese president, who will succeed Michel Aoun for a six-year term.
The deadline for registering electoral lists passed at midnight on Monday, with 26 more lists than in the previous election.
The total number of candidates was 1043, with 42 withdrawing and 284 others failing to register.

The number of candidates that signed up for the ballots dropped to 718, including 118 women, a significant rise over the previous election.

Civil society organizations, dubbed “new forces,” were split up into many lists in each constituency.
In 2018, there were 597 candidates on 77 lists, with 86 of them being women.

The overall number of candidates was 976, including 113 women among them, however 379 candidates withdrew or did not register.

Candidates loyal to the Future Movement were dispersed among different lists from Akkar to Sidon because the Future Movement did not participate in the elections.

Some of the candidates resigned from the movement before presenting their candidacies, while others are first-time candidates.

In the North and West Bekaa constituencies, some of the bloc’s MPs ran for re-election on their own.

Hezbollah and the Amal Movement’s lists remained largely unchanged from the last election, with minor modifications in Nabatiyeh, Bint Jbeil, Zahle, and Baalbek-Hermel.

The lists of supporters of Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement were somewhat revised, with some former MPs being removed.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese Forces lists in numerous constituencies from the north to Beirut have seen significant revisions.

The “new forces” are contesting the elections with joint lists in several constituencies, despite the fact that their rivalry had made it appear that they would be unable to come to an agreement on unified lists.

In some constituencies, some of these lists have a decent possibility of defeating the ruling parties’ lists, with severe clashes looming in 10 of the 16.

Political observers, on the other hand, believe that the existence of a large number of opposition lists is not necessarily a good thing, and that it may reflect existing differences between these forces, which could split votes in favor of the ruling parties, especially since traditional party supporters vote for the same parties they have always supported, particularly Hezbollah and the Amal Movement.

They also believe that established parties would now concentrate their efforts on gaining votes for their strongest candidates in each constituency or on finding strategies to tear down other candidates.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior must train over 14,000 permanent employees and about 2,000 others in electoral law and the logistical matters that will be expected of them on election day, in addition to securing electricity and the internet at polling and sorting stations, as well as staff and logistics transportation, all of which has become extremely costly.
The Election Supervisory Authority started monitoring electoral campaigns, advertising, and spending on Tuesday.


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