A girl casts her vote during elections in Beirut, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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After nine years without parliamentary elections, Lebanese between the ages of 21 and 29 will have a chance to exercise their right to vote for the first time on May 6 .The elections are being held under a new electoral law that has changed Lebanon's system from majoritarian to proportional, raising expectations that the vote will bring fresh faces to Parliament.However, while the survey found that 76 percent of first-time voters had fully committed to participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections, only 7 percent of the respondents believed that their ballot would make a difference in improving Lebanon's situation.According to several NGOs and political parties, estimates of the number of first-time voters who have registered for the 2018 elections hover at around 700,000 – roughly 20 percent of the voting population. For Azrak and his chosen party, engaging in discourse that includes the country's youth has been critical in connecting with first-time voters and getting out the vote in general.But not all parties seem to be relying on the ballots of Lebanon's new voters.
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