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Turnout for the first Lebanese expatriate vote in parliamentary elections was low in Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas compared to the first phase of the vote in Arab states Friday. As of Sunday night when The Daily Star went to print, when some polls had yet to close, around 31 percent of 70,355 registered voters had participated. With 22,380 voters in Australia, Armenia, Europe, the island of Guadeloupe, Africa, Latin America and North America out of 70,355 registered voters casting ballot, the turnout was 31.81 percent. The final tally from Arab states Friday was over 65 percent of 12,615 registered voters in six Arab states. Polling stations opened first in Australia at midnight Saturday Beirut time and closed at around 3 p.m. Sunday with 6,829 out of some 11,826 – or 58 percent of Lebanese registered voters – participating. Out of 311 registered voters in Armenia, 130 voted while 8,504 out of 24,484 voters turned out across Europe.Some voters in Washington D.C. were also unable to cast their ballots because their names were not on the voters' list.
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