Lebanon News

Bassil calls for extension after 92,810 expats register

BEIRUT: Over 90,000 Lebanese expatriates registered to vote from overseas before the deadline passed Monday night, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said.

“The distance did not distance you from your country,” Bassil tweeted, addressing the Lebanese citizens who signed up to vote remotely in the 2018 parliamentary elections.

He later tweeted that “because of those 92,810 who registered, we will request an extension to the deadline.”

Prior to the deadline, he said that any extension to the application window would be discussed at a later date.

The Lebanese diaspora has long been unable to vote from abroad. The new electoral law designated overseas polling stations.

However, the new mechanism has drawn the ire of some Lebanese residents, who have expressed frustrations that Lebanese citizens abroad will be able to vote but are not required to pay taxes.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 22, 2017, on page 2.

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