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NDI recently published the Institute’s Final Report on the June 7, 2009 Lebanese Parliamentary Election. The polls were held under a new electoral law agreed to in 2008 by all parties and were also the first in post-war Lebanon to be held in one day. To demonstrate international support for Lebanon’s democratic development and provide an impartial assessment of the electoral process, NDI deployed long-term observers, fielded two pre-election delegations during the campaign period and organized an election day observation mission. NDI found the election fundamentally peaceful and well-administered but noted that political deals and the unique electoral system based on an allocation of seats along confessional lines meant that the outcome was predetermined in all but a few of the most contested regions. There are also other structural issues not resolved in the 2008 electoral reforms. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of voters on election day and relatively high voter turnout demonstrated that there is significant political competition and that voters regarded the election as an opportunity to shape the country’s future. In this report, NDI respectfully offers a series of recommendations for improving Lebanon’s electoral processes.

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