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Thousands of voters who in southern Lebanon cast ballots in the country's third phase of municipal and mukhtar elections Sunday expected to see victories for parties already in power.Machnouk had toured the Sidon and Nabatieh Serails, as well as Jezzine polling stations, as he had done in previous elections.The breakdown by district are as follows: Sidon 44 percent, Sidon district 57.5 percent, Jezzine 53 percent, Bint Jbeil 42.5 percent, Tyre 49 percent, Marjayoun 43.2 percent, Hasbaya 47 percent, and Nabatieh 49 percent.In the southern district of Hasbaya 46,000 voters were divided between 88 polling stations to elect 16 municipal councils.In the Bint Jbeil district, 143,485 voters were eligible to cast ballots in 28 municipal council elections.In the Nabatieh district, 140,988 voters were divided between 251 polling stations to elect 37 municipal councils and around 300 mukhtars.In the southern district of Marjayoun, 109,000 voters were eligible to elect members of 26 municipal councils after six won uncontested.
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