Christian Votes and the
2009 Lebanese parliamentary election
article is not about the voting age as someone emailed me back. It is
about the Christian votes that are not well presented in the
Districts-Division agreed upon in Doha for 2009 election. And reducing
the voting age to 18 years old would farther weaken the representation
of Christian votes in 2009 election. If the District-Divisions were
based on Small-Districts as Bekerke and the Lebanese Forces were calling
for then it would not matter if voting age were lowered.
However, based on districts agreed upon in Doha, the call for Tayyar
MP's to lower the voting age to 18 years old is just an attempt to
strengthen Hezbollah voters since Aoun counting on Shiites and pro
Syrian-Iranian votes and trying to silence the Christian votes under the
pretext of representing the Christians...
The Lebanese Constitution states that the parliament is divided in half
between Christian and Muslim therefore any District Division or any
electoral laws do not take into consideration the well representation of
Christian votes to elect half the parliament are unconstitutional. Only
small districts as Bekerke and Lebanese Forces are calling for achieve a
good representation for the Christian votes.
1- Since 2005 election and Hezbollah is demanding to lower the voting
age to 18 years old. Meanwhile, Hezbollah refuses smaller districts.
2- Based on the District-Division agreed upon in Doha, Christians can
only vote about 35% of their MPs. lowering the Voting age to 18 years
and based on Doha District-Division weaken the Christians votes and
allow them to vote less then 30% of their MPs. However, If the Electoral
System for 2009 was to be based on better districts division, then
lowering the voting age will not matter.
Urgent Re. Christian
Votes and the 2009 Lebanese parliamentary election
Ironically, Tayyar is leading the demand to lower the voting age from 21
to 18 to please his ally Hezbollah who have been calling for this since
the last election. Lowering the legal voting age to 18 years with an
electoral system based on 1960 districts is unconstitutional and it will
give Hezbollah the majority and crush the Christians votes. In
addition, Tayyar is also supporting Hezbollah armed democracy. Hezbollah
armed fighters, killing and terrorizing Lebanese as they did in Beirut
and mount Lebanon on May-7 can vote. Meanwhile, the Lebanese army and
all Lebanese security personal are not allowed to vote!
Therefore, as Christians, we call on Bkerke, Lebanese Forces and the
Christians of the Cedar Reolution to keep up their demand for smaller
district that makes Christian votes count if the legal electoral age is
lowered to 18 years old. We also call on them to keep up their demands
so the Lebanese Cabinet Statement include a clear solution to all
weapons outside the government's control.