The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has appointed Moroccan diplomat Ahmed Rachid Khattabi, Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Department of Media and Communication, to head the League mission which will observe the legislative elections. in Lebanon, scheduled for May 15.
As part of its mission, the Arab League delegation will hold a series of meetings with the authorities involved in the preparation and organization of the legislative elections, including the Election Supervisory Authority, the Constitutional Council, the Ministry of Interior and Commons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society, the Arab League said in a statement.
According to the press release, a geographical distribution program has been set up for the members of the mission in the various governorates of Lebanon in order to observe the conduct of the voting, counting and sorting operations as well as the atmosphere of the elections in a number of electoral centers in accordance with the rules and requirements in force within the framework of the League of Arab States: commitment to integrity, credibility and duty of impartiality.
Lebanese voters will go to the polls next Sunday to elect a new parliament, the first since the outbreak of the economic and financial crisis that the country is currently going through. A total of 718 lists spread over 15 constituencies are in the running for the appointment of 128 deputies.
These elections are taking place in the absence of the main Sunni political component, after the announcement by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri of his reluctance to stand for election.