EU stresses need for parliamentary polls despite law hurdle

The European Union Tuesday underlined the importance of holding parliamentary elections on time, even if Parliament fails to reach an agreement on a new electoral law given the ongoing hurdles.

The message was relayed during a visit by a delegation of EU country ambassadors headed by EU Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Lassen, to Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and members of Parliament’s joint committee working to draft a new electoral law.

The delegation’s visit was to learn more about the committee’s work and progress in finding alternatives to the current voting law, as parliamentary elections are penciled in for summer 2017 .

According to the statement, the delegation told Lebanese officials that it felt the EU Election Observation Mission’s recommendations from the 2009 parliamentary elections were still valid.