Committee tasked with ensuring transparent elections under the spotlight

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Questions have been raised in recent days over the body’s ability to properly oversee the upcoming elections and maintain a fair and transparent electoral process, the first since 2009.

BEIRUT:  The head of the Electoral Supervisory Committee Nadim Abdel-Malek said Monday that his body’s oversight doesn’t include members of the current government and therefore “has no jurisdiction over them,” further raising concerns over the commission’s role in the upcoming elections.

Questions have been raised in recent days over the body’s ability to properly oversee the upcoming parliamentary elections and maintain a fair and transparent electoral process, the first since 2009. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouq, among others, are candidates in the race.

On Friday, Sylvana al-Lakkis announced her resignation from the 11-member committee, citing her unwillingness to be part of a committee that is not able to carry out its mandate.

“Months after being appointed, I realized that it was impossible for me to fulfill my duties as required by the oath I took,” she said at a news conference following her decision to step down.

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