The voice of a million pounds
As is well known, 8 lists are competing in Akkar, and the battle is centered between 3 political lists: the first is “National Moderation” and includes future veterans in a coalition that includes MPs Walid Al-Baarini, Hadi Hobeish and Muhammad Suleiman brought along. (by Wadi Khaled). The second is “Akkar First” supported by the Aounist movement and led by the candidate Muhammad Yahya (from Wadi Khaled), and the third is “Akkar” supported by the Lebanese Forces Party. While the “Loyalty to Akkar” list, supported by the Azm movement led by Najib Mikati, is progressing very slowly with its coordinator, Haitham Ezzedine; Compared to 4 other regulations arising from civil society.
Akkar’s share is 7 parliamentary seats. 3 seats for the year, 2 orthodox seats, 1 Maroon seat and 1 attic seat. Estimates suggest that the election rate in Akkar will vary between 17,000 and 18,000 votes, taking into account that at least 100,000 voters in the governor’s may participate in the voting process.
In Al-Modon’s field information, a large influx of election money has begun to emerge in recent days, aimed at buying the votes of voters, and most of the major political forces seek to attract Sunni voters, especially those who was affiliated with the Future Movement.
While a large number of candidates offer election bribes, including hospital services, solar installation, food aid or fuel bonuses, the phenomenon of vote-buying is included at Akkar. Even a segment of voters insisted on paying the price of his vote in advance, in return for giving a promise to vote for this or that list. The price of one vote, according to the information, varies between 700,000 and 1 million Syrian pounds, under the name “People’s Representative”, while some candidates on well-known political lists do not disclose the amounts they receive, for fear of entering into ‘ a prize competition. The voting market has turned into something like an auction! Some candidates also pay their regular delegates in US dollars, an average of $ 200.
The information indicates that there is an internal dispute in the “Akkar” list between the Forces Party and former MP Khaled Al-Daher over the election money. This behavior is followed by most of the well-known financiers and influential candidates in the governor, from Representative Walid Al-Baarini to Representatives Hadi Hobeish and Muhammad Suleiman, and candidates on the list supported by the Aounist movement, led by Muhammad Yahya, as well as the funded candidate Ali Tlais on the list supported by Mikati and others.
Wadi Khaled calms the lion
The election campaign in Wadi Khaled is very special, and there are 4 candidates in it: Muhammad Yahya (the Aounist movement’s list), Muhammad Suleiman (the National Moderation List), Saad Allah al-Hamad (the list for the promotion of Akkar supported by the Marabia University) and Berri al-Asaad (the Akkar Change list).
And based on the border geography of Wadi Khaled with Syria, where some villages within Syria overlap at the points of slavery, Al-Arida, and others, the people of the valley became as if they were setting foot in Akkar and others in Syria . Intermarriage grew between the two parties, and the historical and irregular trade relations grew through smuggling lines, whether in livestock, fuel, food and electronic items. It is a huge existence that brings in tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the phenomenon of human trafficking from Syria to Lebanon. And a wide segment of the people of the valley enjoy a special relationship with the Syrian side.
Wadi Khaled is one of the most border areas whose people pay the price of security evasion and smuggling activities, in exchange for their historic deprivation of their rights to public services and development, and they also suffer from serious weakness in telephone network service.
And in Wadi Khaled – which includes the community of the villages of Ad-Drib al-Ala – there are about 21,000 voters on the cross list, and they belong to the sects: the Sunnis are about 15,000, the Alawites are about 4,400, the Shiites are about 1,000, the Greek Orthodox are 250 and the Maronite minority.
In the 2018 election, Ibn Wadi Khaled, MP Muhammad Suleiman, won a Sunni seat on the Future list, while Yahya won about 8,400 votes on the Aounist movement’s list. Estimates point to the latter’s progress in this election cycle, as he, along with his brother, businessman Mustafa Yahya, is one of the most important financiers and businessmen, and their trade is active in Syria and on the valley line, and far ahead of trade. of others there. Also, according to many, the candidate depends on the material element to win voters.
Although the Arab Socialist Baath Party does not have a candidate in Akkar as a representation of the Syrian regime, most of the candidates, according to the data, are businessmen and activists on the smuggling lines, trying to take advantage of the relationship with the Syrian interior to attract the electorate by submitting papers of appeasement and accreditation to the regime, especially since most Funded candidates from different lists have many interests in Syria.
These funded candidates bet to attract Lebanese living in Syria, such as Tartous and Tel Kalakh, and most of them are likely to run in the elections, and they support the Syrian regime, waiting for the green light to one of the competitive desires.
Consequently, many factors overlap in the Akkar elections, and have a lot to do with the election results, between what is essential and what is related to the Syrian interior and what is related to family considerations and political conflicts that result in competition to attract Sunni. voices first, and then Christian voices of Orthodoxy and Maronites and overhead.