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Syrian in Lebanon can vote at borders June 3

Syrian expats head to their embassy in Yarze to cast ballots in the Syrian presidential election, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Syrian Embassy in Lebanon said Thursday people who miss out on their last chance to vote would be able to cast ballots at the border on June 3.

"Whoever could not vote in these two days can do so on June 3, which is the date of the Syrian election, at stations set up near border crossings between Lebanon and Syria,” the National News Agency said.

The state-run agency added that the embassy extended the voting period to Thursday midnight in light of the high turnout.

Syrians living in Lebanon streamed to their country’s embassy for a second day to cast ballots in the presidential election.

Drivers were urged to avoid roads leading to the Syrian Embassy in suburban Yarze after Wednesday's voting caused traffic jams.

Tens of thousands of Syrians flooded the main thoroughfare leading to their embassy to cast their ballots. Thousands of motorists were stuck in their cars in and around Beirut as traffic stretched for miles, bumper to bumper, while Syrians went to their country's embassy to vote.

The unexpectedly high voter turnout, estimated around 80,000, prompted the embassy to extend voting until midnight Thursday.

 

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