As voting stations for Lebanon’s parliamentary elections closed their doors, electoral officials began the counting process.
More than 3.91 million people over the age of 21 were eligible to vote in Lebanon’s elections, which began at 7.00 a.m. and ended at 7.00 p.m on Sunday.
The Lebanese official news agency said that the counting procedure had begun in the presence of the representatives of the contesting lists and candidates.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati expressed hope that the elections will lead to the formation of a new parliament that may assist Lebanon to recover from its economic crisis.
A decision to allow Lebanese expats to vote, as well as a high voter turnout in many places, are key milestones for Lebanon, he said.
According to the Interior Ministry, there are a total of 718 individuals vying for a seat in the 128-member parliament.
The Interior Ministry will make the official announcement of the findings when the preliminary results are released.
At the same time as the Lebanese elections are taking place, the country is in the throes of a severe economic crisis that has been raging since late 2019.