Lebanon lowers voting age to 18 years

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19 Mar 2009

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Parliament’s Vote to Lower the Voting Age

On 19 March 2009, Parliament voted unanimously to adopt a Constitutional Law to reduce the voting age in Lebanon from 21 years to 18 years. The Law proposes that Article 21 of the Constitution should be amended to read as follows:

Every Lebanese citizen who has reached 18 years old can be a voter is he/she meets all eligibility conditions. (Unofficial translation taken verbatim from Speaker Berri’s opening address)

The 2008 Election Law (Article 3) states:

Every Lebanese who has attained the legal age stipulated in the Constitution, whether or not resident on the Lebanese territory, shall be entitled to vote.

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