QaribTalks#4: Encouraging voters and managing expectations – Lebanese media in light of abstention
The Lebanese parliamentary elections in May were the most significant political event necessary to lay the foundations for a way out of the country’s longstanding economic, political and financial crisis. Yet despite this relevance, only 41% of voters in the country participated. Nevertheless, 13 new independent candidates entered parliament with reform programmes.
And the majority ratio in parliament has also changed. Can anything change or not? What is the reason for the apparent lack of confidence of the majority of Lebanese that elections can improve the situation? And to what extent has the electoral law influenced the outcome of the elections? And was fair competition between all candidates actually possible in the media space? Against this background, what role does the media play in managing expectations?
We want to discuss these and other questions with our experts and with you at our QaribTalks#4.