Voting under way in Iraq provincial elections
Voting in the war in Iraq began early Saturday - the country's key provincial elections destroyed. Iraqi television images of the tight security, voters in several cities between casting ballots showed. Saturday morning with a vote of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq was. Polling station in al-Maliki said that the election deposit to protect the Iraqi people live under a very high level of evidence that was said to reporters.
U.S. and Iraqi officials in Iraq's new United Nations a major incident, consider the vote. Staffan de Mistura, the UN's top official in Iraq, CNN poll with "iconic" and are "a symbolic message can represent said in an interview." "This is the opportunity for Iraqis to show that democracy can go forward, and we moved forward with the bullets to the ballot can," de Mistura said. All four, except the 6,000 polling stations opened on time. The four stations were delayed due to logistical, election officials said.
The voting centers in Anbar province on voters in this election is something that they had participated for the first time was saying was excited with. The authorities in Iraq, especially around the polling station, increased security measures has increased. The measures also include vigorous search. Only emergency, military and security officially marked vehicles will be allowed on the streets. Three mortar central Tikrit, about 100 miles on Saturday, an official at the Ministry of Interior (160 kilometers) north of Baghdad exploded near a polling center told CNN. No reports of any casualties was made. More than 400 political entities registered more than 14,400 candidates have been approved, and 1.5 million Iraqis have registered to vote. Each voter to vote a finger in purple ink as evidence with Swiped with emerge. The first provincial elections in the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime after the performances were held in January 2005.
Many observers of the provincial vote, how the country's parliamentary elections towards the end of this year will be out in line for a political and believe will be a guide.
Results and the popularity of the Shi'ite groups, such as those supporting Prime Minister Nuri al-Sunni Arab "" movement should spell out the status of awareness-Maliki, the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq.
Iraqis Vote in Provincial Elections