Background on the Lebanon Election Violence Risk Assessment Project
Ahead of the 7 June 2009 parliamentary elections in Lebanon, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) established the Lebanese Election Violence Risk Assessment (LEVRA) Project, the objectives of which are:
- to establish an objective, accurate and ongoing tool for assessing the risk of violence to the elections;
- to assess, map and track the level of risk in each of the 26 parliamentary electoral districts in order to identify ‘hot-spots’ where there may be an increased level of risk;
- to promote the use of the risk assessment as an early-warning mechanism so that effective preventative measures against violence can be taken;
- in particular, to assist Lebanon’s Ministry of Interior & Municipalities (MOIM) of Lebanon to integrate risk assessment tools into its security planning for the elections
- to reduce the risk of violent incidents and wider conflict during the 2009 elections
The project, which was funded by the British Embassy in Beirut, ran from September 2008 to April 2010. Specific technical advice on issues related to strategic and operational security planning was generously provided by the Metropolitan Police Service.