Elections 2018: Polling staff cast their ballots across Lebanon

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Lebanon’s national news agency reported that polls opened at 7 am and would remain open until 7 pm, with 248 polling staff expected to vote in Zgharta, north Lebanon.by Annahar Staff

BEIRUT: The third wave of voting in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009 ended at 7 pm with large swaths of polling staff casting their ballots across the country.

The voting was held three days before the country holds nationwide elections for the first time since 2009 in what is expected to be a highly contested electoral battle.

Lebanon’s national news agency reported that polls opened at 7 am with 236 (95%) out of 248 registered voters casting their ballots in Zgharta, 1065 out of 1397 (76%) in Halba.

In Tripoli, 519 out of 695 voters (74%) cast their ballots as of 6 pm, while 80% voted in Tyre.

In Baalbek, 74 percent of registered voters cast their ballots as of 3 pm, while 72 percent of voters have cast their ballots in Jezzine.

In Aley, the NNA reported that 166 out 349 voters had cast their ballots as of 4 pm. In Hermel, that number reached 188 and Tripoli witnessed 380 out of 695 voters cast their ballots.

In Baabda, 256 out of 339 voters (85%) cast their ballots and 476 out of 786 voted in Bint Jbeil.

Observers from the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections are also in attendance, with many expected to be deployed across the different polling stations.

Members of the Internal Security Forces could also be seen as the preliminary round of voting got underway.

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