High turnout marks second round of municipal elections

by Annahar Staff

16 May 2016 | 00:20

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Last update: 16 May 2016 | 00:20

Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq speaks outside a polling station in Ghobeiri district in Beirut's southern suburbs. (NNA Photo)

BEIRUT: 56 percent of eligible voters cast ballots Sunday in the second phase of municipal elections in Mount Lebanon governorate, a relatively high voter turnout compared to the previous round of municipal polls that took place last week in Beirut and the Bekaa region.

Despite their alliance in a large number of regions in the previous round of municipal elections, the Lebanese Forces (LF) and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) competed in several key towns in the predominantly Christian districts of Keserwan, Baabda and Metn.

FPM-backed candidates swept all municipal seats in Hadath town in Baabda district, according to preliminary results.

No major security incidents derailed the electoral process while six people were detained including five who were arrested over bribery charges, according to Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouq.

The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE), a monitoring group, recorded 569 violations in total across Lebanon including 158 violations in Baabda district.

LADE had reported 647 violations in the first round of municipal elections in Beirut and the Bekaa region Sunday.

Polling stations closed at 7 p.m. and official results are expected as early as Monday morning.

834,768 voters were eligible to participate in Sunday's polls with 6,790 candidates running in 325 municipal councils across Mount Lebanon. Forty-five councils won uncontested, according to the Interior Ministry.

 

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