Election officials count ballots shortly after the polling stations closed in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk noted the low voter turnout in this year's parliamentary elections, saying that the new electoral law consecrated sectarianism.Machnouk added that more than 7,300 voter complaints were filed with the Interior Ministry this year and one person was critically wounded due to celebratory gunfire.The minister cited since the last elections in 2009, some 800,000 new voters were eligible to cast their ballots in this year's elections.In a televised statement, Foreign Minister and Free Patriotic Movement candidate Gebran Bassil accused political parties of attempting to buy votes.Lebanon's new electoral law, passed in summer 2017, was applied for the first time for Sunday's elections and introduced significant changes to the voting process.Kataeb Party MP Nadim Gemayel also said he blamed the election law, among other factors, for the reported lower voter turnout.
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