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Candidates register for parliamentary elections
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Politicians from Lebanon's major political parties registered Friday for June parliamentary elections on the basis of the controversial 1960 vote law.

Candidates from the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Amal Movement, the March 14 independent Christians and other parties filed their applications to run in the elections under the 1960 law, despite strong opposition to the qada-based and winner-takes-all electoral system.

The caretaker Cabinet is set to meet Monday afternoon to form an election supervisory committee and endorse financial allocations for the elections, ministerial sources told The Daily Star.

Monday is the deadline for lawmakers and new candidates to submit their applications to run in the parliamentary elections under the 1960 law.

Efforts have recently intensified to agree on extending Parliaments mandate or hold the June polls on the basis of the 1960 law.

An amended version of the 1960 law was used in the 2009 parliamentary elections but the majority of the political blocs say they oppose holding elections under it again.

Opponents to the law say it will preserve the status quo and it does not allow for political change.

Attempts to craft a new electoral law have been stalled for weeks.

FPM leader MP Michel Aoun, caretaker Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui and several members of the party filed their electoral candidacies early in the day.

Aoun, who heads the FPM, said earlier this week that despite opposition to the 1960 law, party members would file requests to avoid having to face any urgent situation.

For his part, Speaker Nabih Berri, who heads Amal Movement, delegated his advisor Ali Hamdan to the ministry to file his candidacy on his behalf.