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Assessment of the Lebanese Electoral Framework based on the new Election Law 44 of 2017

December 2017


On May 6 and for the first time in history, Lebanon will use a proportional list-voting system in elections. The new electoral law however, adopted in June 2017, is so complex that the chances for the proportional system to also result in proportional allocation of seats are highly limited. This is due to several factors including the small size of the electoral districts, the confessional quota, and the unpredictability of how preferential votes will translate into seats.

This joint publication of DRI and the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) offers a thorough assessment of Lebanon’s new electoral law in light of international standards and internationally recognised good practices and revisits the Electoral Framework Assessment launched by DRI and LADE in 2008.


Download the full Assessment of the Lebanese Electoral Framework in English here.

View our infographics, including an electoral map, printed ballots, a simulation of the voting process and how to calculate the votes here

For the Arabic Executive Summary, please click here.

Picture: The Lebanese Parliament – shutterstock.com