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Iraqi election turnout

January 30th, 2005 (11:53 am)

The Iraqi election had 72% turnout. In the US, where we don't get blown up at the polling stations, we had 60%--and that was the highest since 1968.

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: January 30th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)

Although I take your point, where did the 72% figure come from?

The BBC says "Iraqi electoral officials estimated that up to eight million Iraqis could have voted - more than 60% of those registered." I was glad to see a photo of women voting; I'd been concerned that it was only men allowed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4220551.stm

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 30th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)

Although I take your point, where did the 72% figure come from?

NPR. Let's see, does anybody else have it...ah: the 72% figure was an estimate 2 hours before the polls closed; the BBC figure was an estimate after the polls nominally closed--nothing was actually closed until everybody in line had had a chance. So, we won't really know for some time. (Plus, of course, there'll be pressure to exaggerate the Official Figures to make the election seem more legitimate. On the other hand, though, there's good reason to be suspicious of the US voting totals this year, too.)

I'd been concerned that it was only men allowed.

I heard an interview sometime this week with three Iraqi women; there is definitely some social pressure against it, but none of them was worried about being threatened because they were women.

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