Iraqi President Barham Salih stressed that “the early October elections are a historic day and a popular demand to move towards a dignified life.”
After casting his vote in the early elections, Salih urged all citizens to take part in the elections for the future of their country.
“We promised early elections and we fulfilled this promise,” the president said, adding “Iraq deserves the best”.
Polling centers opened today, Sunday, for public voting at 7:00 a.m. Baghdad time.
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.
Earlier on Sunday, the Independent High Electoral Commission announced its readiness to open polling centers to voters.
IHEC spokeswoman Jumana al-Ghalay said “The number of polling centers in the general voting is 8,273 centers, with more than 55 thousand stations.”
He noted that “1877 international observers participate in monitoring the general poll, while the number of foreign journalists is 510 journalist participating in the coverage of the general voting.”