Official results aren't expected until Monday or Tuesday.

"Speaking as a college student, we need jobs, we need more respect, we need to be cured, we need to be helped, we hoped to have everything new, everything better than before", Jalal Bukhari, a 23-year-old college student, told Xinhua at the polling station in the Omar Fakhuri Primary School in southern Beirut, the capital. "Voting operations were very slow".

Lebanon's parliamentary elections were delayed three times since 2009 due to the crisis in neighboring Syria as well as disagreement over the country's new electoral law.

TRT World's Abu al Shamahi reports from Beirut. Exterior polling stations, Hezbollah supporters displayed a duplicate of the voting poll on an enormous board and defined to voters which among the many color-coded lists is theirs, and the way they'll vote for it.

Polling stations closed after 12 hours of voting that were marred only by minor incidents and were marked by what provisional estimates suggested was a low turnout.

Experts differ on who would benefit the most from a low turnout as alliance scenarios varied across the country's 15 districts, whose size and sectarian fabric are all different.

Major issues facing the newly-elected parliament include the fate of a large number of refugees who have entered the country since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, and continuing economic difficulties.

One of the main changes in this election is a complex voting system that introduces a degree of proportional representation which has allowed smaller parties to contend.The traditional big players of Lebanon's sect-driven political life were under no immediate threat of having to loosen their decades-old stranglehold on parliament however.

Trying to hold back Hezbollah's growing influence is Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri to keep his seat?

The divisions and open hostility were on display Sunday among Hezbollah supporters and opponents of the Shiite militants.

"The biggest swing vote will be President Aoun's group, which will move among the other blocs.

Hezbollah is ruining our relations with regional countries" - a reference to Hezbollah's military intervention in Yemen, Iraq and Syria that has led several oil-rich Gulf states to join the United States in naming it as a terrorist organization.

Members of the powerful Shia group were suspected in the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father Rafiq, himself a former and charismatic prime minister.

Voter turnout this year was reportedly low, despite some in the worldwide community seeing the election possibly playing a role in shaping politics in the region.

Voter turnout was 49.2% in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years Sunday, Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said at a televised news conference.

Sarah Brjawi, 33, stated she was voting for Nouhad Yazbek, a lady candidate working on a coalition checklist of political independents and activists working in Beirut.

"We look forward to 2022 and we really believe that change has started".

"If it fails to get a majority, then we are likely to see a reproduction of the status quo, " said Mohanad Hage Ali, director of communications for the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.


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