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The new proportional electoral law agreed upon in Wednesday's Cabinet session failed to incorporate several key issues, including a reduction in the voting age from 21 and the introduction of a parliamentary quota for women.Zeina El-Helou, general secretary of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, explained that changing the voting age would require an amendment to the Constitution, since Article 21 of the Constitution stipulates that the voting age is 21 .Helou also touched on the issue of the women's quota, saying LADE considers the failure to agree this as a setback for the vote law and for the political parties that had publicly pledged to include the quota.Chemaly was critical of the fact that including a women's quota on electoral lists was not officially stipulated in the new law.Chemaly said even if a quota were to be included on the parties' electoral lists, this step would need to be implemented properly in order to ensure women were fairly represented in the new Parliament.
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