Iraqi officials announced the success of early voting with 69 percent of the vote ahead of the mid-term parliamentary election this Sunday.
Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, chairman of the board of commissioners at the Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), told a news conference that early Friday’s vote participation marks the start of successful legislative elections, Xinhua news agency reported.
Khalaf insisted that no irregularities were reported during the early voting and that the results of the early polls would be linked with the results of Sunday’s mid-term election, which would be announced 24 hours after the end of the general election.
However, a statement by IHEC posted on its official website showed that 821,800 voters out of 1,196,524 cast their votes, which is 69 per cent of the early voting voters across the country.
Early voting for Iraq’s security forces, prisoners and displaced people began at 7 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m.
Iraqi parliamentary elections, originally scheduled for 2022, advanced in response to months of protests against corruption and a lack of public services.
According to the Election Commission, about 24 million Iraqis are eligible to cast their ballots for 3,249 candidates running individually for 329 seats in the legislature and 167 parties and coalitions.
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