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13,000 Blank Ballots in the 2009 Elections

 

Voters resort to a blank vote to express their rejection of the current political reality or the electoral law, or because they do not like any of the candidates. This kind of rejection is more important than an electoral boycott. 

Blank ballots were not counted in the elections between independence and 2009. The following table shows that the number of blank ballots in the 2009 elections reached 13,024, i.e. 0.79% of all votes. The lowest ratio was in Zahle (0.2%) and the highest in Aley (1.69%).

 

A table showing the number of blank ballots in the 2009 elections.  

Electoral district

No. of registered voters

No. of actual voters

No. of blank ballots

Proportion of blank votes (%)

Beirut I

92,959

37,284

187

0.50

Beirut II

101,868

27,787

315

1.13

Beirut III

252,524

103,243

992

0.96

Kessrouan

89,360

60,336

219

0.36

Matn

169,870

96,299

481

0.50

Jbeil

75,272

50,432

182

0.36

Baabda  

151,927

85,044

414

0.49

Aley  

116,219

59,809

1,011

1.69

Shouf  

183,563

91,970

1,504

1.63

Saida  

53,960

37,453

355

0.94

Jezzine  

54,503

29,225

115

0.39

Sour  

155,034

76,331

1,067

1.40

Zahrani

93,556

50,663

634

1.25

Nabatieh  

122,644

68,829

532

0.77

Bint Jbeil  

123,347

52,899

783

1.48

Marjeyoun-Hasbaya  

139,590

64,466

501

0.78

Zahle

158,109

93,376

200

0.21

Western Beqa‘a-Rashaya  

‏122,989‏

‏65,545‏

264

0.40

Baalbeck-Hermel  

256,287

127,343

853

0.67

Trablous  

196,061

90,760

1,031

1.14

Mennieh-Dennieh  

97,709

55,291

436

0.79

Bsharri  

46,496

17,183

134

0.78

Akkar  

224,046

120,647

358

0.30

Zgharta  

71,656

34,699

180

0.52

Koura

57,790

27,178

159

0.59

Batroun

58,488

32,914

117

0.36

Total

‏‏ 3,265,827

1,657,006

13,024

 0.79

Source: Information International, based on 2009 elections results.  



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