Mashnouq Says Magnetic Vote Cards Will Create 'Confusion'

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Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said the issuance of magnetic card votes is a time-consuming process that may not be completed on time due to the number of voters.

“It is noteworthy that Mashnouq has voted against the adoption of a magnetic vote card for the upcoming elections, and pointed out that it will create confusion,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

“The number of registered voters is 3,682 million. How would they all be provided with the magnetic cards?” asked Mashnouq.

Political parties have agreed that member's voting cards should be magnetic stripe cards that contain identification information. The interior ministry must find a mechanism to print more than 3 million cars in less than 11 months.

Parliamentary elections are slated to be held in May 2018.

On Friday, Lebanon's parliament has ratified a new electoral law, paving the way for the first national elections since 2009.

The new law preserves the seat allocations in parliament to the country's various Muslim and Christian sects, over the objections of civil campaigners.

The sitting parliament has extended its own term three times since it originally expired in 2013.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 2
Thumb Kalzyturks 7 days

These Magnetic strip card's can be Easily duplicated many times over. There could easily be so called corruptions especially in the hands of corrupt authoritaries.

Thumb Maxx 7 days

Oh, absolutely. The same way that our magnetic tizkaras and passports create confusion for authorities who want to know whether we legally entered or left the country at a certain border. Here's an idea: Make the tizkara the official voting card; that way, when going to vote, one swipe like at the borders and all information concerning you, including whether you are eligible to vote or if you have already voted, will be directly available. It's not that difficult; our airport is already equipped with these machines. Hajeh maskhara 3al sha3ib.