Special voting begins in Iraq

January 28th, 2009 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Jan 28 (Xinhua) Special voting for soldiers, police personnel, prisoners and employees started early Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s provincial election in Iraq.The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) of Iraq expected that around 700,000 people will participate in the early voting, including 600,000 security personnel and 50,000 prisoners.

Earlier, the IHEC said that it has assigned up to 358 voting centres, which include a total of 1,632 voting stations across the country for the early voting process.

Some 15 million Iraqis are being called to the polls to elect officials for 440 seats.

Voters are set to choose members of ruling councils in 14 of the 18 provinces. More than 14,000 candidates are running for 444 council seats.

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