LADE blamed the Legislations and Consultation Committee at the Justice Ministry for extending the deadline of withdrawing candidacies until directly before the elections, and said the committee "interpreted paragraph 6 of Article 25 of the municipal elections law differently to reigning democratic principles.
Evaluating the fairness of the elections, LADE criticized the current electoral law, which is based on a majority system.
As for the "other ministers" Bassil claimed used government resources, LADE said it did not note any violation similar to that committed by Bassil.
LADE then regretted being described as biased and stressed that its powers could not be taken away from it because the association obtained its authority through its work and respect for the law.
LADE had 600 observers working on elections day, 329 of whom were permanently present at 198 polling stations.
Nonetheless, LADE said, "polling station officials were generally cooperative with the association's observers with the exception of a few cases.
LADE responded to the statement by stressing it has been an impartial association since 1996 and has been making all efforts possible to meet its role as a civil society organization.
The association also noted some "limited disputes" in certain villages and one attack against a LADE observer, in addition to a high percentage of voter turnout -- 41.
also condemned the withdrawal of several candidates at the last minute due to extending the deadline for the withdrawal of candidacies.
regretted that many voters were surprised to find candidates winning unopposed after opposing candidates were pressured to withdraw.
cautioned that consensus should not eliminate certain factions and should not be imposed by pressure or by any kind of threatening.
The decision makers in Lebanon try to [keep motionless] any kind of reform that they don't understand or that can put them in a worse position," the LADE
executive director said.
In a bid to increase democratic engagement, LADE
is pushing for better access to polling stations for disabled people following isolated incidents during the June parliamentary election of voters in wheelchairs not being able to place their ballot.
and the Lebanese Alliance for Election Monitoring (CLOE), domestic observation missions with 2,500 monitors countrywide, also reported severely limited access for Lebanon's many handicapped voters.
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