Lebanese expats check their names on the lists before casting their vote at the Lebanese Embassy in Riyadh. REUTERS/Faisal al-Nasser
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"Today is a national wedding," one Lebanese voter told television cameras in Qatar Friday as more than 60 percent of 12,615 registered expatriate voters took part in phase one of this year's parliamentary elections – a first for the diaspora in the country's history.In brief remarks, Aoun said it was "no small matter" that Lebanon was holding expatriate voting in "more than 40 countries," as he congratulated and thanked those who had helped make the expat vote possible.Separately, a number of expats in Dubai told local TV stations that they faced some difficulties, as some voters' names had not been included on the voters' lists. Other voters complained about what they said had been a failure to completely seal the ballot envelopes. There are 5,166 voters registered to cast ballots in the UAE. The numbers of registered voters in the diaspora is minimal compared to the 3.7 million eligible voters inside Lebanon.
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