I have to say that I am surprised to see the ministry of interior affairs go digital when it comes to the upcoming 2013 elections. The ministry of interior affairs website dedicated for the elections 2013 is very user friendly.
The politicians may not be witnessing any progress on the new electoral law, but the ministry of internal affairs has done its job, on the contrary to its counterpart, the ministry of external affairs that is highly criticized for slacking on its responsibility on reaching out for the Lebanese Expatriates all over the world and ensuring expat voting.
The website seems to be advertising a campaign urging Lebanese to make sure to check the correct spelling of their name and gender on the list of potential voters -القوائم الانتخابية. For all those reading this post, if you are interested in participating in the upcoming elections please make sure to make sure your information is correct. Spread the word and make sure to make corrections before March 10,2013.
I do recommend you take a look at the website and check the latest updates for elections 2013. Click here to go to the website.
Here are some of the remarks I had by taking a 5 minute look at the website:
- Lebanese Women: you age is no longer a secret. The list of possible voters list the full name, father’s name, mother’s name, civil record number and full birth date. A clear breach of privacy. For all the men who have forgotten their mother’s, wife’s, girlfriend’s birthday, here is your chance. All you need to know is their voting district, village/city and religious sect. It is quite some private information that will hopefully deter some creepers who seek to abuse this feature.
- The ministry of internal affairs is offering CDs that have the lists of possible voters for a reasonable price of 25,000 L.L. This is a great step in the digitization of information and sharing it with electoral candidates.
- The search for one’s name on the list is pretty simple, not as simple as (ctrl + F), but in name within 5 minutes. Of course this search can be improved, but let us be thankful it is digital and online for now, when no law has been even drafted.
- The website provides forms online that you can print and fill at your convenience, thus making the visit to the “Mokhtar” only necessary for the signature and filing. For example, form 8 used for correcting one’s information on the list is accessible via this link.
- You can follow the official Lebanese 2013 elections via facebook (lebelections2013) or twitter (@lebelect2013)
So here you have it, the digitized, publicly available, 2013 elections list of voters.
We do criticize our government agencies tremendously, but we also have to acknowledge the few good steps they take.
This post was written in English despite having all the links in Arabic, not to frustrate non-Arabic reading individuals, but to help spread the word for the Lebanese expats who might find it easier to read in English.
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