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The number of registered voters in 2013 stood at 3 463 116 compared to 3 266 074 in 2009, i.e. up by 6% or 197 042 voters. Muslims constituted 62.1% of the total voting population in 2013 compared to 60.3% in 2009, while for the same period Christians accounted for 37.9% compared to 39.7% previously.

Among the additional 197 042 voters this year, 181 000 amounting to 92% of the increase are Muslim. This trend has been prevailing for years as illustrated in the following Table 1. In 2005, the registered voters equaled 3 001 732, a number which rose to 3 463 116 in 2013, i.e. up by 461 384 voters of whom 83.5% or 384 838 were Muslim.

The increase in the number of eligible voters by sect from 2005 until 2013 has varied as follows:

  • Sunni: 178 192 voters, i.e. up by 22.4%
  • Shia’a: 172 911 voters, i.e. up by 22%
  • Druze: 28 694 voters, i.e. up by 17.4%
  • Alawi: 5 041 voters, i.e. up by 22%
  • Maronite: 30 469 voters, i.e. up by 4.6%
  • Greek Orthodox: 20 933 voters, i.e. up by 9.1%
  • Greek Catholic: 13 595 voters, i.e. up by 8.9%
  • Armenian Orthodox: 2892 voters, i.e. up by 3.3%
  • Armenian Catholic: their numbers dropped by 706 voters, i.e. down by 3.5%
  • Other Christians: 9400 voters, i.e. up by 11.3%

Table 1: Evolution of the number of eligible voters by sect from 2005 until 2013

Evolution of the number of eligible voters by sect from 2005 until 2013

Table 1

Set

2005

2009

2013

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Sunni

793,604

26.5

889,161

27.2

971,796

28.1

Shia’a

784,516

26.2

872,237

26.7

957,427

27.6

Druze

165,331

5.5

183,775

5.6

194,025

5.6

Alawi

22,968

0.8

25,019

0.8

28,009

0.8

Total Muslims

1,766,419

59

1,970,192

60.3

2,151,257

62.1

Maronite

667,138

22.2

713,098

21.8

697,607

20.1

Greek Orthodox

229,489

7.6

245,903

7.5

250,422

7.2

Greek Catholic

153,230

5.1

161,783

5

166,821

4.8

Armenian Orthodox

86,421

2.8

87,427

2.7

89,313

2.6

Armenian Catholic

20,399

0.7

19,075

0.6

19,693

0.6

Other Christians

73,577

2.4

64,303

2

82,977

2.4

Total Christians

1,230,254

40.9

1,291,589

39.6

1,306,837

37.7

Israeli

5,059

0.1

4,293

0.1

5,022

0.1

Total

3,001,732

100

3,266,074

100

3,463,116

100



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