Al-Maliki Casts his Vote, Calls on Iraqis to Participate in the Elections

Former Prime Minister of Iraq and the Head of the State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, cast his vote this morning in the first early parliamentary elections in the country since 2003.

In a statement after casting his vote, Al-Maliki said “We congratulate the Iraqi people for holding parliamentary elections and I hope all Iraqis head to polling stations and massively participate in the elections.”

He added “The elections made us feel that we are in a country where the will of the people is respected,” stressing that the next stage requires national reconciliation describing it as a “challenging stage”.

Polling centers opened today, Sunday, for public voting at 7:00 a.m. Baghdad time in the first early parliamentary elections in the country since 2003.

There are 3,249 candidates, 21 coalitions, and 109 parties competing in the elections.

The Independent High Electoral Commission announced its readiness for polling day after conducting a number of successful simulations, while Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi issued a number of directives to the Supreme Security Committee for Elections.

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