BEIRUT: Lebanon’s first election-monitoring mobile application was launched this week, allowing citizens to monitor and report violations in the 2014 parliamentary elections set for November.
“There are only a few months left, and people should be ready," said Yara Nassar, executive director of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE).
The LADE application, available on Apple's app store for iPhones, is comprised of two sections: a news feature covering developments and a interactive section to report violations.
Users will be able to report acts of violence, bribery and the use of public resources for electoral purposes, alongside other complaints listed under the feature. Users can also upload photo and video evidence through the app.
“People see a lot of violations around them, and they don’t have platforms where they can report them,” said Nassar, expressing hope that the new app would give citizens a voice in the upcoming elections.
Local monitors will be sent to investigate the complaints received through the app.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for November, after lawmakers extended their mandate last year by 17 months. However, it is unclear if elections will occur this fall, as politicians are deadlocked over electing a successor to Former President Michel Sleiman, who left office on May 25. Parliament is current paralyzed by lawmakers who are boycotting until the presidency is filled, raising concerns that a new election law won’t be passed in time to hold a vote in November.