Iraqis vote in first election since IS defeat

by International | 12-05-2018 | 355 views

For the first time after the full territorial defeat of Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq, millions of Iraqis across the country headed to vote on Saturday for their representatives in Parliament.The polls kicked off at 7 a.m. and will continue till 6 p.m. Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki was the first top official to vote at a polling centre in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad.About 7,000 candidates, representing 205 political entities, are competing for the 329 parliamentary seats to form a new government for the next four years.
"This is an important day in Iraq's history and in the history of the political process which was built on the freedom of voting," Maliki told reporters after casting his ballot. 
"Election is the only way to give democracy a success and I call on all the people to choose the proper person, whoever they believe, to be their representative in the coming Council of Representatives (Parliament)," he added.More than 24 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in 8,959 polling centres across Iraq in the first general elections since Iraq's military victory over the IS militants in December 2017.

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