Lebanon Elections

Ballot boxes arrive to Sidon Serail in preparation for elections

Ballot boxes received at the Sidon Serail, Friday, May 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Around 300 ballot boxes containing voter registries and candidate lists arrived to the Sidon Serail Friday for use in this weekend’s elections, concluding the district’s electoral preparations.

South Lebanon Governor Mansour Daou – who is overseeing the logistical preparations for the electoral process in Sidon – said preparations for the district’s participation in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years had been completed.

The 300 boxes will Saturday morning be received by the heads of the 17 polling centers in Sidon, which contain a total of 100 polling booths in all.

During his visit to the Sidon Serail to check up on preparations, Daou spoke about the voting held Thursday – in advance of Election Day – for polling station employees, noting that the “voter [turnout] percentage was really high in all of Lebanon, and reached 85 percent [in Sidon].”

Daou told The Daily Star that the general atmosphere in the south was “excellent,” so "the elections atmosphere would also be similar," and affirmed that the government would be vigilant about the smooth running of the electoral process.

The Defense Ministry announced Friday the completion of its arrangements to ensure a safe environment in all Lebanese districts during this weekend’s parliamentary elections.





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