BAGHDAD, The parliamentary elections in Iraq began Saturday at 7:00 a.m. local-time (04:00 GMT) under tight security measures to ensure the fluidity and the safety of the process.
Some 24 million eligible voters headed to 8,959 centers housing 55,232 election polls to elect 329 MPs out of the 7,000 hopeful candidates.
Around 74,646 local officials and 963 international observers are monitoring the election. Some 329 international reporters and over 4,000 Iraq media personnel are covering the event.
Iraqi borders points are closed throughout the day and highways between governments are shutdown as part of the security measures.
Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi renewed calls yesterday for citizens to head to election polls to elect the most suitable people for parliament. He affirmed that Iraqis were free to choose whomever they see fit for Iraq and its people.
Source: Kuwait News Agency