Lebanese Expatriates' Right to Vote!

This is a call to all fellow Lebanese citizens living abroad, based on a posting by a fellow expatriate (click on the title above to check out her blog; thanks Maya!)

Since the 2000 Electoral law will prevail for next month's elections (for more details, check out this article at the Daily Star), it is even more critical for expatriates to get involved. There are many of us and we can make a difference. We outnumber the Lebanese in Lebanon, and it is imperative that our votes count, especially at this pivotal moment in our history. A new bill has been proposed to allow Lebanese expatriates to vote (for more details, click here). You can support this bill by signing the petition for Lebanese expatriates' right to vote at lebanese-abroad.com. However, this bill for expatriates to vote from abroad will not be passed in time for these upcoming elections. In the meantime, if you have a Lebanese passport, you can fly to Lebanon and, yes, vote! A website called fly.2lebanon.com is trying to negotiate cheap group rates for people who would be willing to fly in May to take part in the elections. It's pretty awesome; check it out!


At Sunday, May 01, 2005 10:11:00 PM, Blogger End racism said...

hahaha... I can tell the "opposition" has finally realised it doesn't stand any chance in any real democratic elections, so now it wants the majority-Maronite expatriate community (some of whom are citizens only by virtue of their parents holding Lebanese citizenship, and have never visited the country nor wish to visit it) to have the "right" to vote....

The "opposition" (if anything of the sort exists at this point) has shot itself in the foot. :P

At Monday, May 02, 2005 7:16:00 AM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Oh, "marsden", I am so happy to be just another person to tell you how misguided (and ignorant) your presumptions are! So, allow me the pleasure to tell you that I am not Maronite, that I am agnostic, from a Shiite family (as you would have figured out had you read my prior post below) and that I have indeed been born and lived in Lebanon until I was 21. What was your claim to your indignation again? I see you peacefully reside in Canada. How long has it been? In any case, if you were reasonable you'd realize that this call is also to allow such "loyalist" voices as your own to be heard just as well, regardless of how obnoxious they may be.

At Monday, May 02, 2005 7:46:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

The majority of "expatriates" are Maronites, not Shi'ites or Sunnis or Druze. My argument still stands.

At Tuesday, May 03, 2005 5:34:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

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At Wednesday, May 04, 2005 3:24:00 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

(Marsden, here is a reply from Maya, the blogger I mention in my post, debunking your unfounded claims above. Maya wasn't able top post her comment herself, as this blog only allows registered Blogger users to post comments. As if the Lebanese cyber-community needed any more polarizing, now we have the MSN Spaces vs. Blogger polarity!):

Another Shiite who has lived in Lebanon raising her voice!

While in Canada you may find more Lebanese Maronites than other religions, I can guarantee you that in other places of the world (Africa for example) you will find a majority of Muslims. And for your argument to "stand", show me some numbers, some real statistics. Words are nothing compared to numerical data...

Here are some numbers I found:

South Lebanon (including Nabatieh) constitutes the largest source of those working abroad (39,2%), followed by Mount Lebanon (27,5%), the Bekaa Valley (12,8%), North Lebanon (11,1%) and Beirut (9,4%) ... what does this tell you???
(Source: Information International)

At Thursday, May 05, 2005 6:09:00 AM, Blogger End racism said...

Your Shi'ite friend Maya conveniently forgets United States and South America, home to the majority of Maronites. Also, there are MANY Maronites who are from the South. The South today might be predominantly Muslim, but many Maronites have lived and some still live in Sidon and Tyre.

Also, the stats lifted from that source only apply to temp residents abroad for "Work purposes only" and in no way is applicable to the entire Lebanese diaspora. 28% of those "emigrants" (temp residence) leave to the UAE, 27% to Africa, 23% to KSA, 15% to Kuweit, and 7% to other countries.

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