People wait to cast their votes during the municipal elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) said Monday it recorded 647 violations and incidents of harassment during the local elections in Beirut and east Lebanon one day earlier.This is a significant increase from 314 violations recorded in the last polls in 2010 in the same areas, the report added.The nature of the violations included bribes, scuffles, pressure on voters, promoting candidate lists in and around polling stations, the interference of security forces or other officials during voting and vote counts, as well as the lack of equipment at polling stations, the prevention of LADE observers from entering polling stations after voting ended despite having valid Interior Ministry licenses, and preventing people from voting under the pretext their ID cards were invalid. The report also noted chaos at some of the polling stations, and witnessing some ballots being left open and moving them outside of the polling station without security observance.
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