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Cabinet to resume discussions on electoral reform

President Michel Sleiman, center, heads a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Monday, July 30, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Cabinet will resume discussions on a draft electoral law Monday, including a set of electoral reforms that could be used in the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections.

After failing to reach an agreement in two sessions last week, the Cabinet will hold its third session to discuss the details of draft legislation proposed by the Interior Ministry that calls for an electoral law based on proportional representation. The current electoral law, based on the qada-system, was adopted in Doha in 2009.

While the majority of the 30 Cabinet ministers agree on proportional representation, the Druze Progressive Socialist Party ministers have reiterated that they would vote down any attempt to approve such a law.

Aside from the introduction of proportional representation, the draft electoral law includes several key reforms, including a quota for female participation and the creation of an independent body to oversee elections. The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform, which worked with the Interior Ministry to prepare the draft law, criticized the government Sunday for neglecting key sections during Cabinet discussions. The CCER accused parties within the government of plotting agreements on administrative appointments at the expense of serious electoral reforms.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 06, 2012, on page 3.




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