facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iraqis head to the polls to cast their votes for parliament

Iraqis head to the polls Wednesday to cast their votes in what is Iraq's first parliamentary election since the U.S. military withdrew in 2011. 9,000 candidates are vying for 328 parliamentary seats.
By JC Finley   |   April 30, 2014 at 8:23 AM   |   Comments

1 of 4
| License Photo
BAGHDAD, April 30 (UPI) -- Polling stations across Iraq opened at 7:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday in what is Iraq's first parliamentary election since the U.S. military withdrew in 2011.

9,000 candidates are vying for 328 parliamentary seats.

Concerns about election day violence prompted authorities to lock down the capital city of Baghdad. No cars were permitted in the city in an effort to curb the possibility of suicide attacks and car bombings, forcing Baghdad residents to walk to polling stations.

BBC correspondent Rafid Jaboori reported that despite concerns about violence, the Iraqis he spoke to throughout the country said that they would not be deterred from voting on Wednesday.

Nearly 50,000 polling stations are open to facilitate the approximately 22 million Iraqis who are eligible to vote.

Follow @OneCuriousWorld and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback