2005
WORLD NEWS

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.

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A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Erbil (AP photo)

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Erbil (AP photo)