| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Vote priced in dollar in unsettled circles

Buying electoral votes is a phenomenon that is not new in the Lebanese elections.

But this year, the elections coincide with the most serious living and economic crisis that the country has witnessed in its history. As for the title of the stage that separates us from the date of the parliamentary elections, it is buying votes so that the price of the vote rises in the districts where battles are raging, and its value decreases in the districts whose results are almost settled.

For example, Beirut First District ranked first for the vote buying movement, which ranged between 100 and 300 US dollars, and the price of the vote is expected to witness a significant increase in the coming days.

As for the second place, it was reserved for the Jbeil-Keserwan district, in which 7 lists are competing, where the price of the vote recorded between 100 and 150 dollars. Zahle constituency ranked third as the vote price currently stands at 2,500,000, and it is also expected that the vote price will witness a significant increase few days before the elections.

As for the third North District, which includes Bcharre El Koura, Zgharta and Batroun, buying votes was not with cash, but through paying electricity and health bills, but it is expected that this district will witness vote buying in the remaining period of the election date. Finally, a shy purchase of votes was recorded in Beirut’s second district, amounting to three million Lebanese pounds per vote.

  • Sawt Beirut International