A woman casts her vote during municipal election in Beirut, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The head of the Electoral Supervisory Committee tasked with overseeing Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years held the organization's first news conference Monday, commenting on the committee's role and its relationship with the media. Judge Nadim Abdel-Malek said government-owned television networks were required to remain neutral throughout the entire campaigning process, while privately owned media outlets were not allowed to openly support any candidate or electoral list. Abdel-Malek added the law would also be applied to social media, although he did not say how he planned to enforce this.
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