Berri Says Voters to Use Normal IDs, Passports in Elections

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Speaker Nabih Berri said that voters will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming parliamentary elections using their normal identity cards or passports, as he pointed out that there will be no prior registration of voters, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday.

“Things seem to have been settled. There will be no prior registration of voters, there will be no biometric or magnetic voter cards. Elections will be run normally as usual and voters can use their Ids or passports,” Berri was quoted as telling his visitors.

The cabinet was divided over whether to issue biometric cards or magnetic voter cards for the 2018 parliamentary polls.

The process is costly and time-consuming, some political parties argue.

Prior registration of voters enables voters to cast ballots in their place of residence without the need to move to their hometowns.

On whether the newly agreed electoral law needs “some amendments”, the Speaker said: "The amendment is not on the table, and the law is clear.”

On the postponement of the elections, Berri said it is surprising to talk about any postponement of the elections scheduled for next May, as he categorically rejected “new extension of the parliament even if it was for two minutes. I repeat, an earthquake alone can disrupt the elections, nothing else.”

SourceNaharnet