The International Lebanon Support Group (ISG) met today in Beirut to discuss preparations for the upcoming legislative elections.
Echoing the Security Council press release on Lebanon of February 4, 2022 and recalling its previous statements, the ISG reiterated its call for free, fair, transparent and inclusive elections, as scheduled for May 15, 2022.
The ISG noted that while the international community was deeply engaged and provided significant financial, material, technical and political support to the Lebanese electoral process, elections are first and foremost a right and expectation of the Lebanese people and a sovereign responsibility that is it is up to the authorities to comply.
Just three months before the elections, the ISG called for rapid preparatory work respecting the existing legislative framework and constitutional deadlines. The ISG called on the authorities to quickly make available all the necessary resources and to intensify the technical and administrative preparations to guarantee the speed and integrity of the electoral process.
Specifically, the ISG urged the competent bodies to allocate the necessary financial resources to organize the elections in Lebanon and abroad, allow the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and the Election Monitoring Commission to be fully functional and ensure the timely organization of the conduct of the Diaspora. vote.
The ISG called on all political actors to engage responsibly and constructively in the electoral process, to preserve calm and to commit to peaceful elections in the interest of the country and all the Lebanese people. The ISG also called on all political stakeholders to take all possible measures to encourage and ensure the inclusion of women candidates on their electoral lists and to strengthen women’s political representation and participation at all levels.
The ISG continues to support Lebanon and its people.
Note to Editors
The International Support Group brought together the United Nations and the governments of China, France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the European Union and the Arab League. It was launched in September 2013 by the UN Secretary General with former President Michel Sleiman to help mobilize support and assistance for Lebanon’s stability, sovereignty and state institutions.