Billboards that urge Iraqi nationals residing in Lebanon to participate in the upcoming Iraqi elections are attached on the Zahrani highway, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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There are between 30,000 and 40,000 Iraqis currently in Lebanon, according to Mohannad Ghazi, director of the elections office in the Beirut district of Hamra.Ghazi estimated that there were 12,000 to 15,000 Iraqis of voting age – 18 or older – but declined to predict how many would turn out this weekend. The elections are scheduled for April 30 but Iraqis wishing to vote in Lebanon will head to the polls on April 27 and 28 . Some Iraqis on holiday in Lebanon would also be eligible to vote from here, Ghazi added. Iraqis abroad can vote for council members in one of 19 countries and this year more are expected to cast their vote from Lebanon due to fighting in neighboring Syria, which will prevent polling centers from being set up. Like many Iraqis, he is nostalgic for the days of late Saddam Hussein's rule.
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