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[55] The 1996 election, despite the efforts of Kassar, generated even lesser enthusiasm among CCIAB members than the 1992 one, with only 1661 members (out of 6841 who had the right to vote) taking part in the 23 June election.
In the 1972 CCIAB election, the sectarian balance emerged from below; in 1992 and 1996 it had to be imposed from above, for the war had intensified sectarian conflicts and the postwar balance between Sunnis and Shi'is was of relatively recent origin and would take some time befor e it gets internalized.
This can be explained in terms of three main factors: First, the Maronites never monopolized Christian representation on the Boards of Directors of leading economic bodies the way the Sunnis did; in other words, the differences in the number of seats occupied by the Maronites, the Orthodox and the Catholics on the Boards of Directors of the BTA, the CCIAB, ALI, and ALB were not that large (at least for most years).
(43.) As of 1992, the CCIAB's governing body came to be known as Majlis Idarat (Board of Directors) Its membership was fixed at 24: 16 elected and 8 appointed by the government.
According to CCIAB sources, 2199 members (Out of 5570 members who had the right to vote) took part in the 7 June election.
(57.) The election rules followed at CCIAB elections (and virtually all elections in Lebanon) allow each qualified voter to vote for any number of candidates as long as he/she does not exceed the number of seats that are contested.