People wait to cast their vote during parliamentary elections in Haret Hreik, Sunday, June 7, 2009. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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With just 13 days until the deadline for candidates to register for the May 6 parliamentary elections, there's still time to submit names and – it seems – the competition is still thin on the ground. Sources in the Interior Ministry who are overseeing the process say that only around 96 people have put their names forward – so with 128 seats open in just 11 weeks' time, there's everything to play for – if you have the LL8,000,000 ($5,333.33) Most will be fairly easy to obtain, like a personal judicial record no more than a month old, to show the candidate is an upstanding citizen.However, documents obtained by The Daily Star identifying 64 of the runners showed just three female candidates had registered. Chouf and Beirut II had the most candidates registered, according to the documents, with eight and six males respectively. Despite a quota for female candidates being floated during the debate to pass a new electoral law, parties never agreed to include it.
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