Parliamentary elections in Iraq

Security measures are being held by the authorities in order to avoid terrorist acts

In brief: The process of elections is being checked by 1500 foreign observers, more than 270 000 observers from Iraqi political parties and at least 700 journalists.

Parliamentary elections have today started in Iraq. 46 000 polling have been opened at 7:00 a.m. in 18 provinces of the country and also in 16 other countries. According to the official data, about 20 million people have a right to vote. These are the second parliamentary elections since Saddam Hussein regime falling in 2003.

There are four main political parties struggling for the seats in parliament: “The coalition in support of the state law” of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, “The Iraqi bloc” Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, “The Iraqi National Alliance”, headed by the imam Moqtada al-Sadr, and bloc of the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. Generally there are 6218 candidates for 325 parliamentary mandates.

The process of elections is being checked by 1500 foreign observers, more than 270 000 observers from Iraqi political parties and at least 700 journalists.

For voting time in the country special security measures are being held: newspapers’ publishing is stopped, seaports and airports are closed as well as custom points on land borders. The security is being under the control of 850 000 Iraqi militants. Thus Iraqi authorities hope that such security measures will help to prevent terrorist acts supposed to be committed by Al Qaeda in order to disrupt the elections.

Maria Velikanova
2010-03-07 16:18, Society.

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