Candidate Michelle Tueni is seen on a billboard in Antelias, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A total of 86 women are seeking legislative office in Lebanon's May 6 vote, out of 597 candidates.A study by Maharat, a media monitor now closely following the elections, found television coverage of the elections rarely includes female candidates.Female candidates were featured as guests just 5.89 percent of the time, Maharat said, although they make up almost 15 percent of the candidates.The 86 women candidates represent a more than seven-fold increase in female representation compared with the 2009 vote, when just 12 women ran for office.
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