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Polls open for Iraq provincial elections

Written By Joseph Y. Musa on Saturday, April 20, 2013 | 4/20/2013 09:32:00 am


IRAQIS have begun voting in the country's first elections since US troops departed, a key test of the nation's stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives.


Polls opened about 7am (1400 AEST) for the first vote since parliamentary elections in 2010.
An estimated 13.8 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for more than 8,000 candidates, with 378 seats being contested.
The lead-up to the vote has been blighted by a spike in violence that has left more than 100 people dead in the past week, and 14 election candidates killed since campaigning began.
Six of Iraq's 18 provinces will not be participating - two because authorities say security cannot be ensured, and four because of various political disagreements.


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