KARDEL MEETS MACHNOUK: WE LOOK FORWARD TO PEACEFUL AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS IN LEBANON NNA UN SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR LEBANON PERNILLE DAHLER KARDEL ON WEDNESDAY MET WITH MINISTER OF INTERIOR AND MUNICIPALITIES NOHAD MACHNOUK. “THEY DISCUSSED THE ONGOING PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN MAY OF THIS YEAR,” A PRESS RELEASE BY KARDEL’S MEDIA BUREAU SAID.

Kardel praised the work being done by the Minister to ensure that elections are held on time and welcomed the allocation by Cabinet last week of a budget for the elections.

“We are looking forward to peaceful and transparent elections in Lebanon in the spring. Elections are essential for the women and men of Lebanon to have a say over the future of their country, and to safeguard the democratic tradition and stability of Lebanon,” Kardel said. She said the UN would continue its technical electoral assistance to Lebanon in the run up to the elections.

The Special Coordinator commended the role played by Lebanon’s security forces and army in protecting the country and its population.

“The Special Coordinator and Minister Machnouk also discussed continued international efforts to help address the challenges to Lebanon’s security and stability. In this regard, they discussed preparations for a conference in support to Lebanon’s security institutions, to be hosted by Italy in the near future,” press release concluded.

Source: National News Agency