The LDE conference in Paris, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With only a few weeks until parliamentary elections on May 6, some officials still hope to see amendments to the electoral law – especially the provisions that deal with expat voting – to avoid appeals filed against the law after the polling. MP Boutros Harb told The Daily Star that he has already prepared complaints and will file them with the electoral supervisory committee shortly. Harb, a long-term MP and a prominent lawyer, said that the mechanism provided by the new law for expat voting contains many discrepancies and loopholes.Harb noted that in the case of a reduced passport fee, the new price should be applied to all Lebanese and not only to expats.Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's involvement in the expat voting is also a point of contention for Harb, especially as the minister is also a candidate in the elections.Saleh asked, regarding Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk's defense of the transparency of the expat vote.
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