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The Parliamentary Electoral Law Permits Each Candidate to Spend LBP 1-2 Billion

 

The new parliamentary electoral law encourages spending on election campaigns and vote buying by lifting the spending limit of each candidate as follows:

  • LBP 150 million for each candidate
  • LBP 150 million for each candidate within the electoral list
  • LBP 5,000 for every voter registered in the greater electoral district


For instance, the spending limit of each candidate of the Beirut II district amounts to:
LBP 150 million + LBP 150 million + (353,164 × 5,000 = LBP 1.766 billion) = LBP 2.066 billion.
The Saida-Jezzine district has the lowest spending limit of LBP 912 million, whereas the Nabatieh-Bint Jbeil-Marjeyoun-Hasbaya
district has the highest, totaling LBP 2.6 billion.


A table showing legal spending limits for each candidate in the 15 districts.

 Electoral district

No. of registered voters

Electoral spending limit per candidate (LBP)

Electoral spending limit per candidate (USD)

No. of candidates

Total of electoral spending limit per district (USD)

Nabatieh-Bint Jbeil- Marjeyoun-Hasbaya

460,491

2,602,000,000

1,734,667

46

79,794,667

Beirut II

353,164

2,066,000,000

1,377,333

83

114,318,667

Trablous-Mennieh-Dennieh

350,147

2,051,000,000

1,367,333

75

102,550,000

Shouf-Aley

329,595

1,948,000,000

1,298,667

64

83,114,667

Baalbeck-Hermel

315,404

1,877,000,000

1,251,333

47

58,812,667

Zahrani-Sour

304,220

1,821,000,000

1,214,000

13

15,782,000

Akkar

283,691

1,718,000,000

1,145,333

37

42,377,333

Zgharta-Bsharri- Batroun-Koura

249,454

1,547,000,000

1,031,333

38

39,190,667

Matn

179,789

1,199,000,000

799,333

35

27,976,667

Kessrouan-Jbeil

176,818

1,184,000,000

789,333

38

29,994,667

Zahle

174,944

1,174,000,000

782,667

32

25,045,333

Baabda

166,157

1,131,000,000

754,000

23

17,342,000

Western Beqa‘a-Rashaya

143,637

1,018,000,000

678,667

16

10,858,667

Beirut I

134,355

972,000,000

648,000

33

21,384,000

Saida-Jezzine

122,382

912,0000,000

608,000

17

10,336,000

Total

3,744,248

23,220,000,000

15,479,999

597

678,878,000 

Source: Information International

 



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