BEIRUT, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon on Saturday distributed thousands of ballot boxes all over the country for the upcoming parliamentary elections, the National News Agency reported.
Thousands of soldiers were deployed near the poll stations to ensure a smooth electoral process and maintain peace and security during the elections which are scheduled on May 15.
"The security situation is under control, and a tight security plan has been developed to guarantee the protection of centers and the integrity of the electoral process," said Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities Bassam Mawlawi on Saturday.
The Lebanese elections come amid an unprecedented economic crisis that emerged about three years ago, leading to a currency collapse and plunging over 70 percent of the population into poverty.
Transparent parliamentary elections are essential for Lebanon to restore the confidence of the international community and unlock billions of dollars to support the crisis-hit country.
A total of 718 candidates, including 118 females, are running for the 128-seat Lebanese parliament.