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Lebanon prepares for 1st parliament vote in 9 years

Heads of polling stations and clerks receive ballot boxes for parliamentarian elections in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thousands of ballot boxes were distributed on Saturday morning to polling stations' employees under election officials' supervision for Lebanon parliamentarian elections. (AP Photo/Fadi Tawil)
May 05, 2018 - 4:30 AM

BEIRUT - Polling stations employees in Lebanon have begun distributing thousands of ballot boxes ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.

The distribution began Saturday, a day before more than 3.6 million registered Lebanese voters are set to cast their ballots.

The vote, the first for a parliament since 2009, is also the first since Lebanon adopted a new election law last year. The law changed the previous winner-takes-all system to a complicated sectarian-based proportional representation which awards the number of seats by the share of vote received. There are more than 500 candidates running in 15 districts around the country for the 128-seat parliament.

All eyes are on whether the voting Sunday and the turnout can loosen the grip of an established political class on the country's affairs.

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