BEIRUT (Aztag)–Of the 90 candidates running for seats in Lebanon’s municipal and local elections on the ARF list–86 were elected–reported the ARF Central Committee of Lebanon. The elections began May 2 and ended May 9.
The turnout by Armenian voters was high and highly organized–in sharp contrast to overall voter turnout–according to Lebanese news reports.
The ARF’s election machinery included 1,500 youth campaign workers–as well as 750 vehicles that transported voters from outlying areas–including the Bekaa Valley and the north–to the heart of Beirut.
"We congratulate the ARF’s election allies–who recorded major victories throughout Lebanon," read a statement issued by the Central Committee after the elections.
"The consolidation of the democratic order–and election campaigns waged on that basis–constitute the starting point for the development of the country?which is predicated on the development of municipalities and their districts. It was with that understanding that the ARF approached the elections at this stage–and was able to achieve the election of 86 persons as municipal council members and district heads," the statement read.
The ARF waged the election campaign for the Beirut municipal and district elections from headquarters in Mt. Lebanon. It had seven election headquarters in Bourj Hammoud–seven in Antelias–three in Zalka and Jal-al-Dib–four in Beirut–and one each in Ainjar–Zahle–and Jibeyl.