File - A man casts his vote during the municipal by-elections in the southern village of Bisarieh, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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With increasing signs that municipal elections will go ahead this spring, citizens are split. Some seemed optimistic at the prospect of having a say in who runs municipalities for the first time in six years, while others have a more dower outlook. Some even claimed that the system is already so broken that elections won't make a difference. Ali Mayssi voiced his optimism as he sat in front of his shop in Sidon's ancient market. Halabi also stressed that elections should be free from influence, pressure or gerrymandering.Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi told The Daily Star that if fresh elections happen he would not seek re-election.In the southern village of Deir Qanoun al-Nahr, Ali Atwi decried Parliament's mandate extension and called on MPs to gather the "courage" and hold municipal and parliamentary elections.Farhat also voiced hope that municipal elections would be held on time and would pave the way for parliamentary elections.Amar Nassif hoped elections would happen on time.
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