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Lebanese politicians want electoral laws reformed

[JURIST] United Nations Director of the Electoral Assistance Division [official website] Carina Perelli said Sunday that Lebanese politicians agree that electoral reform must be a top priority after the upcoming parliamentary elections, the first without a Syrian military presence in 30 years. When the Lebanese go to the polls in four rounds of voting between May 29 and June 19 they will be voting under a much maligned law that was designed to maximize Syrian influence in the 2000 elections [Middle East Intelligence Bulletin report]. Perelli said the UN, which is providing technical assistance and coordinating foreign poll observers, could provide expertise in the area of electoral reform if asked by the Lebanese. Reuters has more.

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