1. Various of parliamentary candidates' posters in central Beirut
Beirut - 9 April 2018
2. Naamet Badreddine, 37-year-old candidate for Sawt al-Nas and a former leader of the 2015 demonstrations over the waste crisis, walking
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Naamet Badreddine, 37-year-old candidate for Sawt al-Nas:
"Today there is a big challenge for women who are on the (candidate) lists. Firstly, the public is not politically inclined to recognise them, and media-wise there are large costs in order to appear on a TV programme and share your platform. At the same time, there's the system of the 'preferential vote' and we know that the established parties will make sure the votes go to their candidates. So now, it's on the voter, if he wants change and to vote for those who will make change, to vote for independent candidates or those outside the established powers, or those who haven't been polluted by the corruption of the establishment. Now the responsibility is on the public, from this day on the citizens carry the responsibility of their choices."
Zahle - 1 May 2018
4. Various of Hezbollah campaign rally
5. Close of women's hands reading (Arabic) "We are with you" and "God be with you."
"Of course, we'll come first and be the best (in the elections). Because of our voice, our steadfastness. It is our honour to go vote in the name of Hassan (Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader), and those who represent him."
Beirut - 5 April 2018
7. Various of campaign posters
Beirut - 17 April 2018
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amin Kamourieh, political analyst and newspaper columnist:
"The expectations are pointing to the fact that Hezbollah and the Amal movement, the Shiaa and the Sunni, and their allies, will be the biggest winners in this election. A third of the citizens are directly involved with these (Hezbollah) groups, and they might even win the majority. The big question is, whether the other big parties, especially the Future Movement (allied to Prime Minister Saad Hariri), and their close friends will be able to get one third of the votes? Until now, nothing's pointing to that."
Beirut - 27 April 2018
9. Ali al-Amin, Shiite candidate running against Hezbollah, at a demonstration in downtown Beirut in protest to his attack while campaigning
10. Wide of demonstration
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ali al-Amin, Shiite candidate running against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon:
"I was putting up a poster in my village Shaqra, Beit Jebel - a picture of me, as a candidate. And it was the first picture I was putting up. And I was prevented from doing this, by force. More than 30 or 40 people attacked me."
Beirut - 5 April 2018
12. Various of posters hanging from a bridge in central Beirut
Few countries are as vulnerable to the Middle East's mayhem as Lebanon, which in recent years has taken in a million refugees from the catastrophic war in neighboring Syria, seen the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia embroil itself in that war, and watched Saudi Arabia try to fire its prime minister.
Yet campaigning for this weekend's parliamentary election - the first in a decade - has timidly sidestepped the big issues, leaving many Lebanese expecting more of the same.
It is an especially galling concept for those concerned a still-dominant Hezbollah could drag them into a looming Iranian-Israeli confrontation.
The voting for the 128 parliament seats is expected to be a test of sorts for the country's western-backed incumbent prime minister, Saad Hariri, and his Tehran-backed opponents from Hezbollah, which is looking to expand its seats in parliament along with its allies - likely at Hariri's expense.
But the two sides can hardly govern effectively without each other and are expected to recreate the unity government that currently exists, which incorporates members of the militant group.
Amid the regional turmoil, most of the campaigning has revolved around platforms of stability and economic growth, while many of Lebanon's civil war-era political titans are set to return.
A new election law agreed on last year has opened cracks through which rivals of Hezbollah from within the Shiite community could potentially challenge the group, and civil society activists and independents to try and break through the monopoly enjoyed to date by traditional parties.
Naamet Badreddine, 37, a candidate for Sawt al-Nas, and a former leader of the 2015 demonstrations over the waster crisis, says that the law does little for the independent candidates, especially women.
She says she and others still face barriers to breaking into an institution that favours money above all else.
She says she's faced trouble getting airtime on Lebanon's private television channels, where candidates are expected to pay thousands of dollars for a few minutes.
The law also promises to shake things up by reorganising Lebanon's electoral map, consolidating 23 districts into 15 and awarding seats by the share of the vote received, instead of on the principle of winner-takes-all.
It also allows Lebanese expatriates to vote abroad for the first time, adding a level of unpredictability to the mix.
The last time elections were held in Lebanon was in 2009, and the house's term was supposed to expire in 2013.
Since then, members of parliament have extended their term twice, citing security threats linked to the war in neighboring Syria while also struggling to agree on a new election law.
Lebanon, a small Arab country on the Mediterranean, is technically a parliamentary democracy but is shackled by a decades-old sectarian-based power sharing system, and its politics are dominated by former warlords and family dynasties that have long exploited the system to perpetuate corruption and nepotism.
All senior government positions are allocated according to sect, including the head of state, who should be a Christian, the prime minister, a Sunni Muslim, and the parliament speaker, a Shiite.
Parliament is divided equally between Christians and Muslims and seats are further allotted according to religious sect.
The formula, based on outdated demographic data that does not account for nearly 200,000 Palestinians who are denied citizenship and a vote, allows people to vote according to their religious affiliations, not a political programme.
A collection of first time-hopefuls and civil society activists are campaigning for change, appealing for voters to vote against politicians who have drowned the country in trash and debt.
Many of them are civic activists who rose to prominence as organisers of protests over a 2015 waste collection crisis that left garbage in the streets for months and laid bare the extent of the public sector mismanagement plaguing Lebanon.
Hezbollah and its allies look set to scoop some of the seats lost by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's coalition, largely because of the expected fragmentation of the Sunni vote.
And the escalation in the conflict in Syria has only further fortified the supporters for Hezbollah.
Feelings ran high at a recent rally for the organisation's candidates.
Political analyst Amin Kamourieh believes Hezbollah "might even win the majority," while "nothing's pointing to" the other big parties, especially the Future Movement reaching one third of the votes.
Hariri, a Sunni Muslim who also holds Saudi citizenship and is a critic of Tehran, currently has the largest block in parliament.
However, some of Hariri's supporters shifted their loyalty after the billionaire businessman laid off scores of employees in his company, Saudi Oger, and Hariri-owned charities and media outlets in Lebanon, largely because of Saudi spending cuts.
The loss of support over financial cuts has been compounded by what some of his Sunni supporters see as a weak stance vis-a-vis Hezbollah, blaming him for catering and giving political cover to the group, which a UN-backed tribunal accused in the 2015 assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.
Hezbollah offered its support to Hariri after he was briefly detained in Saudi Arabia late last year during a visit to Riyadh, during which he announced his resignation as prime minister, citing Iran and Hezbollah's meddling in the region.
The move was widely seen as Saudi coercion, although Hariri denies resigning against his will.
Hezbollah remains the most powerful force in Lebanon politically and militarily, with a virtual hold on politics.
The group now seeks, along with its allies, to get at least 43 seats of the 128-member legislature, or just over a third, which would enable it to veto any laws the group opposes.
Hezbollah has sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to shore up President Bashar Assad, and has cleared the vast region on the two neighbours' shared border of Islamic militants over the past few years.
Hundreds of its fighters have been killed and wounded in the process.
The group is now campaigning heavily on those achievements, and its leader is calling for heavy voter turnout, particularly in the area of Baalbek-Hermel in eastern Lebanon, traditionally a Hezbollah stronghold which now faces a challenge from rivals.
An independent candidate running on a list of five against Hezbollah in its stronghold of south Lebanon was assaulted by a group of men in last month, an attack which he blamed squarely on Hezbollah.
The candidate, journalist Ali al-Amin, a Shiite and vocal critic of the group, told The Associated Press he was subjected to extreme pressure not to run in the elections and was beaten up by members of the group, who accused him of being an "agent" of foreign embassies as he was hanging an election poster in the town.