Lebanese women show their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in the southern port city of Jezzine, Lebanon, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
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With little over a month to go before the first national vote in nine years, experts are gauging the pulse of the electorate, tuning in to elements including turnout, understanding of voting procedures and other factors that can swing a seat.Tarek said he was very confused by the electoral law at first, but that he was now beginning to grasp it. However, when asked what happens if a voter choses a preferential candidate that is on a different list from the one selected on the ballot, he hesitated. According to the new law, in this scenario, the list gets counted and the preferential vote is nullified.This is the case, for example, with ballots where more than one list or more than one preferential candidate from different lists have been selected.The IPSOS Marketing study found that 51 percent of respondents were intending to vote in the next elections, while 26 percent were undecided and 23 percent were not planning on casting a ballot.
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