2011 FDA Electoral Fairness Audit of Lebanon

Lebanon received a failing overall score of 37.5 percent for electoral fairness. The score means that there is more unfairness than fairness in the legal basis for Lebanon’s republic electoral system. Lebanon’s electoral finance laws favor significantly wealthy candidates and parties, and the legal structure of the electoral system favors Christians and Muslims over all other religious and non-religious followings. Also, Lebanon has poor enforcement mechanisms of its media laws. Despite these elements of unfairness, Lebanese people have freedom of political expression and their media laws, which encourage impartiality, are on a progressive and democratic trajectory.

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