Voting for Lebanese abroad..a remarkable roadmap and voluntary initiatives

The enthusiasm of the expatriates to vote in favor of “changers, independents and civil society” did not disappear, in reference to the opposition currents that emerged from the recent protests, whether they were in Arab countries, especially Gulf ones, or in other countries, but the voting rates do not suggest an effective progress in favor of powerful lists. The change, according to a group of opinions polled by “Sky News Arabia” in the countries of expatriation, but with the occurrence of a few violations that upset the existing balance.

But what was remarkable about the elections, in addition to the good organization, was the enthusiasm and volunteering of the Lebanese expatriate to organize the electoral process, through groups that took charge of printing slogans and providing food and others.

Although the Revolution and Change groups were unable, due to their lack of financial resources, to deploy representatives to the 58 countries in which the voting took place, the traditional parties had powerful electoral machines composed of groups, while the Sunni boycott emerged through the low percentage of Sunni voters in several Arab countries. .

Muhammad, who worked as a delegate at an election center in the Emirates, told Sky News Arabia that “the votes in several boxes were in favor of the change regulations, and it can be said that 80 percent voted in favor of these regulations in some of the boxes.”

While Samer from Istanbul criticizes “the failure of some Lebanese personalities known on social media to support the revolution to vote,” pointing out that the Future Movement supporters did not attend, in compliance with the boycott decision.

Imad confirms from Berlin that “the change regulations did not have representatives on all the funds due to the lack of financial capabilities, and the reliance on volunteers was made, which is difficult because the regulations of the authority, on the other hand, had great financial and logistical capabilities.”

They left their children for hours

“The turnout from the voters was remarkable, and there were those who were elected for the first time, and this is clear evidence in favor of change,” said Nancy Stephan, a member of the Lebanese Emigrant Network, who resides in Romania, in a comment to Sky News Arabia.

As for the delegates who participated, Stephan said: “Everyone was volunteering in different countries except for the party group. They volunteered to secure food, water and print T-shirts. They were personal initiatives, and the surprise was evident on the faces of the party delegates, as they were surprised how people got to know each other so quickly.”

And she continues: “A large number of Lebanese drove their cars for long distances to reach the centers, some of them left their children at home, and I am one of those, as I left 3 children to offer something to Lebanon.”


Concerning the multiplicity of lists, especially the changeable lists, Stephan explained: “We were pained and confused. What do we say to the voter who is asking about the difference between two change lists in one district? And about the multiplicity of opposition lists? We actually faced this difficulty,” referring to the multiplicity of opposition lists. This confused voters.

From Sydney in Australia, Fawaz Fatfat, one of the workers in an electoral group, spoke to Sky News Arabia, saying: “There are many Lebanese who did not understand some of the behaviors. How can a citizen register to vote and receive approval to use new identification papers, then is rejected as a voter? “.

Fatfat continued, “This point left many question marks, in addition to placing the same family members in a very distant polling station, which caused confusion as if there were attempts to reduce votes.”

But he added: “The scene in Australia was distinguished, both in terms of organization and turnout. The atmosphere was free for independent candidates, especially those who demand change.”

Fatfat continues: “The expatriates did their duty perfectly. Everyone wanted change and expelled everyone who wanted to cover illegal weapons in Lebanon. Everyone is aware of the importance of the political discourse that the state needs, not the state, and everyone volunteered individually. The response and organization were masters of the situation.”

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