Baalbeck-Hermel Governor Bashir Khodr arrives in Arsal, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/Khodr Twitter account)
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Polling stations Sunday in the Baalbeck town of Arsal were thronged with voters filing through the entrance gates to cast a ballot in the first parliamentary elections Lebanon has held in nine years.Women were also present in high numbers at the polls, both as voters and volunteers.Mariam Ahmad al-Hujairi, 31, volunteered to explain the voting procedure to those who were still perplexed by the new electoral law.The district of Baalbeck-Hermel is allocated 10 seats in Parliament – six Shiite, two Sunni, one Maronite and one Catholic. The electoral law makes no mention of restrictions against busing in voters to polling stations.
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