Iraqi security personnel cast ballots in parl’t elections

BAGHDAD, Iraqi security personnel cast their ballots to choose the new parliament in a special voting two days ahead of the public one.

Polling stations closed at 06:00 p.m. local time (03:00 GMT).

In a press conference following the closure of the polling stations, the election commission chief Riyadh Badran announced that the turnout hit 78 percent.

A total of 703,264 voters cast their ballots today out of 893,189 eligible voters from the security agencies personnel, making about 78.74 percent, he said.

There are nearly 7,000 candidates running for 329 seats in Saturday’s elections to choose a parliament and prime minister.

More than 24 million of Iraq’s 37 million people are eligible to vote.

Source: Kuwait News Agency