Voting in the second stage of the Lebanese general elections passed off quietly on Sunday (23 April) in the South Lebanon and Bekaa provinces.
Voting in the second stage of the Lebanese general elections passed off quietly on Sunday (23 April) in the South Lebanon and Bekaa provinces. Although voting centres such as Baalbek and Zahle were watched by troops and heavy police guards, there were few incidents.
The election is being held in three separate stages to allow for the concentration of security forces. The first, in Beirut and the north, was held on April 17, and the third stage will take place on Sunday (April 30) in the Mount Lebanon Province.
The elections are for the country's single-chamber 99-seat parliament. It's hoped the security forces will be able to prevent ???isorders, election rigging or public buying of votes. The first stage of the election passed off with few incidents although two people were ???illed and seven others injured in a clash in a non-polling area.
Thirty-three of parliament's seats were contested by 158 candidates ???n Sunday's polling. Among the candidates was Deputy Joseph Skaf who ???as involved in a shooting incident in which one of his bodyguards was willed trying to protect him.
Thirty-six deputies were elected during the first stage of the ???lections and the remaining 30 will be elected in the third phase next sunday.