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Opaque, inadequate laws consistently prevent fair and stable elections, Hassan Krayem, a governance program manager for the United Nations Development Program, explained Monday at a talk held at the Lebanese American University. Ahead of planned elections next summer, Krayem discussed historic and current issues preventing effective electoral reform, during a lecture titled "Prospects of Electoral Reform in Lebanon". Krayem outlined the main causes and impacts of poor electoral legislation, starting with significant issues in advancing a functional government.In the '40s and '50s, gerrymandering was a consistent issue, and the reforms in 1960 were considered an indirect cause of Lebanon's violent Civil War, Krayem said.After detailing Lebanon's failures to produce effective electoral reform, Krayem detailed current issues that could prevent consensus on an effective solution ahead of the potential vote in 2017 .
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