Millions of Iraqis turn out to elect new government
from CBC.ca archives | Sun, 30 Jan 2005
BAGHDAD - The turnout for the Iraq elections appears to have exceeded all expectations, although there are widely differing estimates of how many people voted.
Iraq's interim National Security Adviser Mouwafak al Rubaie says the government is estimating a turnout of 80 per cent, based on an estimate from the Electoral Commission. But hours after the close of voting commission spokesman Adel al Lami said that figure was based on very rough estimates. It is more accurate to guess that eight million people voted, which translates into a 60 per cent turnout.