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Ballot boxes distributed ahead of Koura by-elections

A general view of Koura, north of Lebanon, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: The Interior Ministry said over the weekend that all the ballot boxes needed for the Sunday by-election in Koura in north Lebanon have been distributed.

In a statement, it also reminded citizens that it has set up a hotline – 1766 – for advice and complaints related to the much anticipated elections.

Rival campaign machines in Koura made their final preparations Friday in the run-up to Sunday’s parliamentary by-election.

More than 57,000 eligible voters are on the rolls, and some 27,000 people voted in the general elections of 2009.

The race pits Fadi Karam, from the Lebanese Forces and backed by March 14 parties, against Walid Azar, from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and backed by March 8 groups.

Four other candidates – Jean Mofarrej, George Matar, Joseph Skaff and Naim Ajaimi – are also officially in the race, but are expected to trail well behind the two frontrunners.

In an interview with LBC television Saturday, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said he did not expect any problems, despite the large number of parties in the area.

He said preparations at the technical, logistical and security levels have been completed.

Charbel said voters could use either their identification documents or passports when casting their ballot.

 

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