LiBaladi volunteers. (The Daily Star/HO)
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For Haddad, meeting her constituency in person is a powerful tool she believes to be more effective, specifically when persuading uninvolved or undecided potential voters.Gilbert Doumit, the founder of LiBaladi who is also running for a seat in Beirut I, noted that as an independent party, its first goal is simply to stoke a public conversation about national policies. Social media, a considerably cheaper tool, has allowed candidates like Doumit to personally address his voters online through live streaming.In north Lebanon's Tripoli, Farah Issa, a candidate with the Sabaa Party (also under the Kilna Watani list) said she shared similar strategies.However, having previously run in the 2016 municipal elections garnering nearly 16,000 votes, Issa has already laid much of the groundwork for her current campaign. Issa was less than 200 votes short of winning her seat – a major breakthrough, despite the loss.Working alongside the other female candidates with Kilna Watani in Tripoli, Minyeh and Dinnieh, there has been success in getting local media coverage, Issa said.
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