BEIRUT: MP George Adwan presented Friday the Lebanese Force’s formula for a hybrid electoral law, as the parliamentary subcommittee extended meetings for an additional day.
“I have presented our party's formula of a hybrid law, taking into consideration all the comments, demands and the concerns that the fellow lawmakers have expressed during the subcommittee's previous meetings,” Adwan told reporters following the subcommittee’s meeting.
A parliamentary subcommittee composed of both March 8 and March 14 lawmakers is discussing different suggestions over the hybrid law which joins both the proportional representation system and a winner-takes-all-system.
The subcommittee, the mandate of which was supposed to end Friday, extended meetings for an additional day to finalize talks over the electoral proposal.
The head of the subcommittee MP Robert Ghanem said that the lawmakers will submit a report on the outcome of their meetings to the joint parliamentary committees.
“We will study on Saturday all formulas presented by the subcommittee's members and we will then prepare a report to be submitted to the joint parliamentary committees,” said Ghanem.
“Even if no final accord is reached on the electoral law, we will still submit the report based on the progress made so far,” he added.
Ghanem also said that Adwan’s proposal over the hybrid formula ensures a fair representation for Christians in Parliament, a concern lawmakers are trying to address.
“Adwan presented a suggestion for the electoral law that takes into consideration a fair Christian representation,” said Ghanem.
According to Adwan, the LF proposal’s distribution of districts is the same as a hybrid formula known as the Fouad Boutros draft law, which suggests a semi-proportional representation system.
Several proposals over the hybrid law have been put forward during the subcommittee meetings.
The Future proposal, put forward by MP Ahmad Fatfat earlier this week, envisages 70 percent of Parliament’s seats filled via a winner-takes-all system with the rest through proportional representation.
MP Akram Shehayeb, from the Progressive Socialist Party, has put forward a similar formula to that of the Future Movement. However, the two parties differ in terms of the distribution of districts.
Another proposal, presented by Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel, envisages 60 percent of Parliament seats be won through a winner-takes-all system and the remainder according to proportional representation.
MP Ali Bazzi, from Speaker Nabih Berri's Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc, has suggested Parliament be split equally between lawmakers elected on the basis of proportional representation and the winner-takes-all system.
The LF politician said that the proposal submitted by Berri’s bloc representative was the starting point towards reaching a consensus, however required a few amendments.
“Berri's suggestion is consensual but it triggered some tension among participating lawmakers,” said Adwan.
“His [Berri's] step represented a starting point for everyone to move forward towards consensus and the law proposed by the Future Movement is another step in this direction and includes proportional representation,” said Adwan.