Chief Observer Elena Valenciano speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The European Union Election Observation Mission emphasized the lack of political representation for women at a presentation of its final report on Lebanon's May 6 parliamentary elections Tuesday. Chief Observer Elena Valenciano told The Daily Star after the presentation that a proposed quota for women on candidate lists was of greater significance than other electoral rules."If we don't endorse a quota, women will not make it," Abou Farhat said. She said that her organization would use "all the tools available" to ensure the quota is implemented for the next elections.Omar Kabboul, the director of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, noted that at least 5,000 of 7,000 violations that were reported to the organization during the elections were verified.Drawing attention to female representation was "not wrong," Kabboul said, noting that his organization also devoted significant attention to the issue, but said the EU mission had "disregarded the violations". He said that LADE, with its 1,280 observers compared to the EU mission's 131, was able to monitor the conduct of the elections in greater detail.
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