- Is Nahwal Watan (NAW) a political party?
No, NAW is not a political party. We are a platform for political change and socio-economic renewal. We strive to enable the emergence of independent-minded political leaders because we believe that this will form the basis of positive political change in Lebanon. Our end goal is a democratic, sovereign, and prosperous nation for future generations.
- How will you achieve this goal?
We see national elections as the entry point for changing the political narrative. This is why we are singularly focused on parliamentary elections. We strive to organize political opposition by facilitating the formation of viable joint electoral lists. We also believe that political change cannot be achieved without a mobilized electorate; hence why we also work hard to increase the voter turnout in Lebanon and abroad and this is where the Lebanese diaspora plays a pivotal role.
- Will NAW directly fund political parties?
No, NAW will not directly fund political parties. We will provide vetted electoral lists and candidates with technical electoral expertise, media, and social media exposure, access to our diaspora network, and support from our e-day electoral machine.
- Now that we have covered the electoral topic, let’s talk finance. How is NAW funded?
NAW has developed a robust financial framework to ensure transparency about finances including the nature of our funding and the disbursements we deploy. All our budgets will be audited by an external auditor and published on a semi-annual basis on the website. All funders above $5,000 will go through a KYC (Know Your Customer) process as well as a vetting procedure with an external ethics and vetting organization that operates at arms’ length.
- Do you accept donations from corporations, politically affiliated entities, or non-Lebanese?
No, we do not accept such donations. Our donor criteria from the start have been as follows:
- only from Lebanese citizens
- no institutional donations
- no donations from politically affiliated individuals
- individual contributions cannot exceed more than 10% of our annual budget
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- Will you have candidates represented across all districts of Lebanon?
NAW is focused on, and works with, all regions and districts across Lebanon; one of our core beliefs is a non-sectarian system and the protection of all communities. With that in mind, we aim to field as many candidates to as many seats across the country as possible.
- How will you select the candidates you support? How will you ensure they are representative of the Lebanese population?
Our process for eventual candidate selection which we will support will be based on an effort to form one main opposition list made up of candidates who have the greatest chance of success in their respective districts. We aim to agree on such a decision-making process with opposition parties, groups, and candidates in advance and the ultimate selection will be informed by data from polling and survey results in each region.
Our candidate selection criteria includes (but not limited to):
● Upholding a vision for a non-sectarian system of government
● Clear of any suspicion of corruption or misconduct
● Committed to equality among all citizens
● Clear distanciation from any political party in power
● Willing to abide by a, agreed code of conduct which will include a conflict of interest clause
● Committed to an agreed political and economic program