| 24 May 2024, Friday |

How is the electoral quotient calculated and what is the preferential vote?

Fifty-six days are to the parliamentary elections. The lists began to be completed and the candidates started counting the votes they would receive.

According to the proportional law adopted in the elections, in order for any list to win, it must reserve the so-called electoral quotient.

What does it mean and how is it calculated?

The electoral quotient is obtained by dividing the votes of those who voted, and not the potential voters, by the number of seats in a single district.

For example, if 100,000 people voted in an electoral district that includes 5 seats, the result would be 20,000 votes.

This means that if three lists compete in this constituency, the winner will be considered the one who obtained 20,000 votes. As for the list that was not able to obtain the result, it is considered a loser and is disqualified from the electoral race.


As for the preferential vote, it is the vote that the voter wishes to give to his preferred candidate within the list for which he chose to vote only. That is, he cannot vote for another candidate in another list.

The voter has to give his preferential vote over his minor electoral district, i.e. the district he belongs to if the area includes more than one district.

For example, the second north area, which is considered the major area, includes three small areas

It is Tripoli, Minieh and Dennieh. Here the voter has to vote for the candidate who is from the same area like the voter, That is, if the voter is from Tripoli, he can only give his preferential vote to the candidate for the Tripoli seat.

As the electoral battle intensifies, the number of lists in a single district is likely to exceed the four lists. Vote right… for the country to recover

  • Sawt Beirut International