Iraq’s President Barham Salih cast his vote today, Sunday, in the early parliamentary elections in the country.
On Saturday, Salih confirmed that the wide participation in the elections will be a turning point in Iraq.
“Tomorrow’s elections are one of the most important electoral processes in Iraq’s modern history and is essential to our democracy as it determines our people’s fate for years to come,” Salih said in a televised address on the eve of the elections day.
He stressed that these elections are “crucial, fateful and foundational that come in a delicate circumstance and a national defining moment.”
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.