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Tens of thousands of voters from Beirut, the Bekaa and Baalbek-Hermel lined up at polling stations Sunday to cast their ballots in local elections, the first polls to be held on time in the country since 2010 .The voter turnout reached 20.14 percent in Beirut, 52.6 percent in Zahle, 43.5 percent in Rashaya, 42 percent in West Bekaa, 62 percent in Baalbek, and 45 percent in Hermel.The ministry said that the 476,021 eligible voters in Beirut were distributed among 1,646 polling stations in the capital, while 308,717 voters in the Bekaa were distributed among 1,158 stations. The 303,102 voters in the Baalbek and Hermel districts casted their ballots at 1,101 stations.No major security incidents were recorded during the polls, however, two separate scuffles in Zahle involving supporters of the Popular Bloc, the Lebanese Forces, and those who back the Fattoush list left three people injured.However, the head of the polling station later said that Hariri's vote in the mukhtar election was invalid because he placed the ballot inside a box specified for the municipal elections.In both the Baalbek and Hermel districts, people lined up at polling stations to cast their ballots for one of two lists competing.
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