BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is holding the second round of municipal elections Sunday amid a political deadlock that has paralyzed state institutions at the height of a refugee crisis from neighboring Syria.
Voters are heading to the polls in the Christian, Druze, and Shiite Mount Lebanon regions — which includes the suburbs of the capital and its mountainous surroundings.
The Hezbollah party-militia, which is deeply involved in the war in neighboring Syria, is expected to win in its strongholds in Beirut's southern suburbs.
The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections monitoring group is reporting dozens of election violations, including vote buying and voter intimidation. It recorded 647 violations in the first round of elections, which included Beirut, last week.
Polls close at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT).