Engineers of Lebanon UNITE
On Sunday June the 13th, 2021 the first round of the OEA (Order of Engineers and Architects) elections started and resulted in unfortunate results because of the weak organization of the revolution candidates; the second round continues this Sunday July the 27th, 2020 in Beirut. This year is like no other. The coming elections in Beirut is a stepping stone for the revolution. It’s a challenge for the independent groups and the opposition to build a solid coalition against the ruling political parties and win the elections.
The first syndical achievement started back on November 17th, 2020, when the independent Melhem Khalaf, who won over the candidates backed by the ruling political parties combined, became the head of Beirut association Bar. A large revolutionary coalition supported and voted for Melhem Khalaf. That unity brought victory, and again shall do so in the OEA elections.
This is a call for all revolutionary engineers to UNITE!
This fight symbolizes more than ever the next political phase of this country. It’s a window of hope that opens today to all Lebanese citizens confirming that change is possible. The time has come for the ruling corrupt political class that united all those years by corruption and financial benefits out of our syndicates, to be thrown out democratically, and replaced by honest public servants of engineers and the people.
To you Engineers of Lebanon, spare 1 hour of your time on Sunday the 27th. . Go to the Beirut syndicate, and vote for the representatives of your branches. Every vote counts! This is the first phase. The next one will be for the President on July the 18th. It’s time to put in action all those days of revolution, all those tear gas you suffocated from, all the songs you chanted, all those moments of glory you spent holding the Lebanese flag high all over Lebanon, just to bring back the power to the people!
What should you know? (Beirut)
This year the first round of elections involves voting for 283 representatives distributed on all branches. It also includes voting for 5 board candidates for each of branch 1(civil engineers), branch 2 (architects), branch 6 (engineers employed in the public sector) and branch 7 (agricultural and other specializations), a total of 20 candidates; Who will compete among themselves, on July 18th on 1 position as head representative per branch.
Who can vote and how?
Every engineer who had paid his 2020 tuition is eligible to vote in these elections. This time the voting process allows only the engineers of branches 1, 2, 6 and 7 to vote for 5 board candidates running in their branches. As for the general committee representatives, all engineers can vote for the ones running for their branch. Take me as an example, I’m a computer and communications engineer registered in branch 5. On Sunday, I will only be able to vote for the general committee representatives running in my branch, but I will not have the option to vote for the branches candidates as I’m not a member of branches 1, 2, 6 nor 7.
On Sunday July the 18th, 2021, another election will be held in the Beirut syndicate. On that day, all the engineers will vote for 10 board members and the President of the OEA.
6 of the board members are new candidates, running from the general assembly of engineers and 4 others (1 from each branch) are voted out of the 20 members who previously won on June 27th, from branches 1, 2, 6 and 7.
On the day of the elections
Walk into the Beirut OEA and look for the tent of النقابة تنتفض. Do not get tempted by the flags of the ruling political parties and their sectarian approach. Do not get tempted by your old friends and colleagues who still follow their leader blindly. Pick up the list of your branch from the tent of the revolution. Go to your box and vote for the future of the syndicate, vote for the first time for the list that holds the most honest and dedicated Engineers.
My personal experience
I have personally met for hours, days and nights, with this group of engineers who had one single purpose: to free the syndicate from corruption, and to have for once a syndicate that represents the people and not the ruling political parties. I have shared those moments with the most honest women and men who dedicated so much energy and time to prove to the Lebanese people that the revolution has made a drastic change to this country and that this revolution will democratically rebuild free syndicates and a “NEW LEBANON”.