President Michel Aoun on Thursday signed a law adopted by parliament for including the expenses of the May 15 parliamentary polls in the 2022 state budget, the Presidency said.
Separately, Aoun met in Baabda with the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission Lebanon 2022, Gyorgy Holvenyi, and reassured him that “all measures have been taken in order to hold the elections on time, in an atmosphere of freedom, democracy and transparency.”
“Efforts are ongoing to resolve the obstacles facing this important constitutional juncture, despite the difficult economic and financial circumstances that Lebanon is going through,” Aoun added.
He also noted that the failure to approve electoral megacenters for the May elections might lead to a lower voter turnout in light of the transportation difficulties stemming from the country’s severe economic and financial crisis.
Moreover, Aoun asked the EU observation mission to monitor expat voting, noting that it will be only the second time that emigrants take part in the their country’s elections after “the 2018 achievement.”