Ballot boxes have closed on Sunday night in the first cycle of the elections of the Beirut Bar Association to its board and pension fund, along with a vote on budgets.
The elections witnessed objections after the ballot boxes were closed, with legitimate doubts about the polling mechanism.
There were objections to calculating and not counting votes with magnetic cards that have not yet voted.
This threatens the democratic process as each vote has a value or is a counted vote, and exposes the elections to appeal as well.
Former Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf, announced that lawyer Nader Kasbar won the position of Beirut Bar Association, with a total of 1,530 votes.
The elections with the General Assembly presented a detailed report on the previous stage, followed by the opening of discussion with lawyers.
The method of electronic voting for lawyers was explained with great resentment by the majority of lawyers, especially with regard to voting on “budgets”, and some circulated the vote “no” if it is mandatory.
There has been a lot of confusion about the screening and voting mechanism in terms of the electronic magnetic card and will of course be the subject of appeals and doubts to lawyers.
The process for voting for lawyers began shortly in the second cycle to select a bar captain from candidates for the position and the winners of the council’s membership.