Iraq’s Election Results Expected Within 2 Days

Iraq’s Election Results Expected Within 2 Days
An Iraqi woman casts her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Basra, Iraq May 12, 2018. (Reuters/Essam al-Sudani)

BAGHDAD—Iraq’s election commission says the results of the first national vote since declaring victory over ISIS are expected within two days.

The vote Saturday saw a record low turnout, with 44 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. No election since 2003 has had turnout below 60 percent. More than 10 million Iraqis voted.

Polling station officials blamed the low turnout on a combination of tight security measures, voter apathy and irregularities linked to a new electronic voting system.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the Tokyo Conference on Supporting Job Creation and Vocational Training to Facilitate Weapons Reduction for Iraqi Society in Tokyo, Japan, April 5, 2018. (Reuters/Toru Hanai)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is running to keep his post. His chief rivals are political parties with closer ties to Iran, as well as the influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a staunch nationalist who campaigned against government corruption.

 

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