Posted by: sean | June 25, 2009

Lebanese election data

elections 2009Despite the occasional typo or technical cock-up here or there, I’ve been  impressed and pleasantly surprised by the Ministry of the Interior’s election website. I logged on again last night to do some poking around in the Jezzine results to see that there has been a new addition to the site: election results by polling station.

I certainly don’t have the time or patience to do it, but it would be great to see someone take this data and put it into a single file, or better yet, display it in map format.

Until then, though, it’s reassuring, especially given the election fiasco in Iran, that we are able to have such a high level of transparency from the government when it comes to election returns.



  1. Thanks for this link, Sean. But what’s the difference between “cancelled papers” and “white papers”?

  2. If I’m not mistaken, “cancelled papers” are invalid votes. As opposed to blank votes.

  3. Yeah, it’s a translation from Arabic. Molghat is the word they use, which literally means canceled. So yeah, canceled papers means invalid votes, whereas the white papers are blank votes.

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