BEIRUT, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun vowed on Tuesday that Lebanon's upcoming parliamentary elections, slated for May 15, will be held in a transparent and free atmosphere.
Aoun made remarks during his meeting with a delegation from the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) at the Baabda palace, the Lebanese presidency said in a statement.
"All measures have been taken to conduct the electoral process in an atmosphere of transparency, freedom and democratic competition," Aoun was quoted as saying.
Lebanon is a member of the OIF, a Paris-based organization established to facilitate cooperation among its members, most of which were French-speaking countries or regions.
Aoun said that the OIF delegation's visit to Lebanon is a proof of the organization's firm belief in Lebanon's respect for democracy.
Alda Greoli, head of the OIF delegation, thanked Aoun for Lebanon's cooperation in facilitating the delegation's mission, which will stay in Lebanon for 10 days to monitor the elections and write a report on the event.
Holding the parliamentary elections is among the requirements from the international organizations and donor countries for extending their support to the crisis-hit Lebanon.
Parliamentary elections are held in Lebanon every four years, and a total of 718 candidates, including 118 women, are running for the 128-seat Lebanese parliament this year.