More than 78% turnout in Special Voting throughout Iraq

May 11, 2018 at 1:23 am

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special Voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk Now
The final turnout of the Special Voting process in Iraq passed 78%, while some eligible voters could not take part due to technical issues.
Early on Thursday 10 May, the ballot boxes were open for hundreds of thousands of security and military officers along with prisoners, a process which continued until 06:00 PM in the evening [Baghdad time].
According to a statement from the Independent High Election Commission [IHEC], voter turnout passed 78% throughout the country, and only a few complaints have been filed. Overall, they say, the process has been successful.
943 thousand people were eligible to vote in the Special Voting process from both ministries of interior, and defense, along with anti-terror department, and peshmerga forces. They took part in the process through more than 494 polling centers, from which, around 700 thousand have voted.

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

The most notable issue of the process, according to the coverage of Kirkuk Now reporters, was technical, which was issues with electronic pieces of equipment, especially taking stamps and the slow pace of the process due to the need of such pieces of equipment to finish the procedure of each voter.
In Kirkuk province, the voter turnout has been 66%. From a total of 36 thousand 544 voters, which were eligible, more than 22 thousand and 500 voted, according to IHEC statistics.
After the process was concluded, the High Security Commission said in a press conference in Baghdad, that the process has been successful and no violation has been recorded in terms of security.
In Ninawa province, according to the statistics of IHEC now with Kirkuk Now, the turnout runs into 75%. Some of the voters were not able to vote due to the closure of polling centers in the evening. They are expected to take part in the general ordinary election.
More than five thousand monitors from various lists and political entities have taken part in the Special Voting, along with hundreds of civil society organizations from home and abroad monitoring the process.
In Diyala province, the turnout in Special Voting has reached 83%, but some voters were not able to take part due to the absence of their names in the records. Director of the media office of Diyala’s IHEC Hasan Pirwali said, “The turnout was around 83% in Diyala province, where form the total of 41 thousand voters, 36 thousand people took part in the voting.”

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

Kirkuk, 10 May 2018, Special voting for Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Omer Jawad

He also explained that around 2 thousand 600 people were eligible to vote in the Special Voting of Khanaqin district from the same province, from which 949 people took part, under the monitoring of 92 partisan representative and civil society organizations.
The official from IHEC says 250 people from Khanaqin faced hurdles while trying to vote as their names were not recorded.
In Tuz Khurmatu district, which is the only disputed area in Salahadin province, hundreds were not able to take part in the process, while the process itself was delayed.

Diyala, 10 May 2018 the end of Special Voting in Khanaqin district [Diyala] and later transporting the results to the main offices. Photo: Hawre Azad

Diyala, 10 May 2018 the end of Special Voting in Khanaqin district [Diyala] and later transporting the results to the main offices. Photo: Hawre Azad


Head of the Tuz Khurmatu office of IHEC Dler Khalil told Kirkuk Now only 1,500 took part in the election due to the stoppage of electronic pieces of equipment, and 700 people were not able to vote.
He also claimed to have observed violations, especially from partisan officials of a certain political party, from a certain component and their candidates.
Meanwhile, on Thursday [10 May], voting for overseas citizens of Iraq commenced, along with the Special voting, which is expected to finish late on Friday 11 May.
According to IHEC statistics, around 900 thousand people abroad are eligible to vote, as ballot boxes have been set up for them for that purpose.
The ordinary polls are to open on Saturday 12 May. 22 million people are eligible to vote and to choose among candidates of 88 blocs and alliances, for 329 setas.

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