Voting in the first phase of Lebanon's parliamentary election took place without incident in Beirut on Sunday (April 16), but two people were killed and seven others injured in a non-polling area.
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Background: Voting in the first phase of Lebanon's parliamentary election took place without incident in Beirut on Sunday (April 16), but two people were killed and seven others injured in a non-polling area.
The election, for the country's single-chamber 99-seat parliament, is being held in three stages to allow government security forces greater flexibility in preventing disorder, election rigging or public buying of votes.
Besides Beirut, voting in the first phase also took place in the North Lebanon Governorate with a total of 36 seats contested by 138 candidates. The two deaths occurred in the Bekaa area which will vote in he second phase on April 23. The final stage of voting will take place in the Mount Lebanon Province one week later.
SYNOPSIS: The scene in Beirut on Sunday as voters went to polls in the first stage of Lebanon's three-phase general election. The election is being held in three stages to enable government security forces to better prevent against disorders, election rigging or public buying of votes. In Beirut and in one other area, the voting took place in a quiet atmosphere. But in the Bekaa area - not scheduled to vote until next week - two people were killed end seven others were injured in clashes between opposing political factions.
In the first phase of the election, 36 of the country's single-chamber 99-sear parliament were in contention.
Sunday's polling, for 16 representative in Beirut and 20 in North Lebanon, was contested by 138 candidates, including Prime Minister Saeb Salem and former Prime Minister Abdullah Yafi -- both running in Beirut. Elected members of the Lebanese Parliament are considered to be representatives of the whole nation, and are not bound to follow directives from their own constituencies. The second stage of the general election will get underway on April 23, and Voting in the final state -- in the Mount Lebanon Province -- will take place on week later.