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Al-Akhbar details key electoral/demographic changes in Lebanon

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On March 17, the Al-Akhbar daily carried the following report: “Although the date of the parliamentary elections hasn’t been set yet nor has the electoral law been determined, there are some essential basics that cannot be overlooked when bracing for the elections. On top of these basics comes the matter of the number of Lebanese voters. A study conducted by researcher, Youssef Shahid Duwaihi – based on the voters’ lists prior to the final check and the issuing of the lists by the end of March – shows that the number of Lebanese voters in 2017 amounts to 3,685,786 voters compared to 3,257,230 voters in the last elections of 2009, which represents a 13.16 percent growth rate in eight years.

“Among these, there are 1,324,390 Christian voters (35.93%) and 2,341,917 Muslim voters (63.54%). It is worthy to mention that the growth rate for Christians in the past eight years reached 4.33% compared to 19.06% for the Muslims. Among the main comments, the number of the minorities’ voters (most of these are Orthodox Syriacs and Catholic Syriacs) amounted to 51,946 knowing that there’s only one parliamentary seat for the minorities while the number of Armenian Orthodox voters (who have five seats) amounted to 87,611 while that of the Alawite voters (who have two seats) amounted to 30,786…

“Comparing 2009 to 2017: Between 2009 and 2017, all figures and givens have changed. The number of Maronite voters increased from 681,959 to 719,811. However, the percentage among total voters dropped from 20.94% to 19.53%. The Orthodox voters increased from 246,155 to 255,734 while the Catholic voters increased from 162,603 to 170,880. Meanwhile, the number of Armenian Orthodox voters dropped from 91,290 to 87,611. In general, there has been a drop in the number of Christian voters from 38.97% to 35.93%.

“On the other hand, the number of Sunni voters increased from 887,235 to 1,061,123; and that of the Shi’i voters increased from 870,282 to 1,045,771; and the Druze voters increased from 184,430 to 204,237 while the Alawites increased from 24,989 to 30,786 thus making the proportion of Muslim voters 63.54% (with 28.79% Sunnis and 28.37% Shi’is). The imbalance in the figures is partly due to the naturalization decree number 5247 issued in June 1994…سورية-في-حضورها-وغيابها


Written by nickbiddlenoe

March 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

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