1 million troops vote in Iraq parliament polls
By Aref Youssef, Monday, April 28, 2014
BAGHDAD – Over one million Iraqi troops are eligible to vote Monday in the country's parliamentary elections, two days ahead of the nationwide polls.
Also voting Monday are thousands of internally displaced persons, medical patients and detainees, Katei al-Zawbai, deputy head of the Iraqi electoral commission, told Anadolu Agency.
He said that over 97,000 observers were deployed to monitor the process.
On Sunday, around 20 Iraqi embassies and consulates started receiving expatriates to cast their ballot over two days.
Around 20 million Iraqis have the right to vote in the parliamentary elections.
Around 9,200 candidates are competing for the parliament's 328 seats.
The largest electoral bloc in the parliament will have the right to nominate candidates for the premiership and other senior cabinet positions.
The voting is taking place amid myriad security challenges inside Iraq, particularly in the western and northern parts of the country where government forces are battling militant groups, which Baghdad links to Al-Qaeda network.
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