Polling station employees arrive to cast their ballots in Karantina, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Polling staff turn out before Sunday's voteHundreds of polling station employees cast their ballots Thursday, days ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years. The Daily Star headed to a warehouse operated by the Beirut Municipality that served as a polling center for the Beirut I and Beirut II districts. Some 829 people were registered to cast their ballots at the station – one of three in the capital.The state-run National News Agency reported Thursday evening that 74 out of 85 registered voters cast their ballot in Beirut I – an 87 percent turnout. It added that 652 voters had cast their ballot out of 744 registered in Beirut II, again making a turnout of 87 percent. With one station assigned for the 85 registered voters for Beirut I, the process was smooth and queues were only three people long around midmorning. As Ezzeddine was speaking, a voter came in.Heads of both polling stations, however, downplayed voters' complaints, saying things were running smoothly.
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