Legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place in three phases from August 20th have been put back by a week and cut to two phases, Interior Minister, Michel Murr, said.
The change in timing was made so as not to conflict with the summer holidays and with the 12th Asian football cup that Lebanon is hosting this year, Murr said at a press conference.
The first phase will take place on August 27 in northern Lebanon and in Mount Lebanon around Beirut, the minister said.
On September 3rd, voters will go to the polls in the remaining three parts of the country -- Beirut itself, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon.
For the first time, the country's 2.74 million voters will be required to have a voting registration card, Murr said, adding that nearly half of voters have already obtained their cards.
The single chamber parliament consists of 128 seats, equally divided between Lebanon's Christian and Muslim population. Deputies, representing specific constituencies, are elected for four-year terms. The minimum voting age is 21 - BEIRUT (AFP)
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