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Iraqis defy terrorists to vote in elections

The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission is reporting a 59% voter turnout, despite the threats of violence.
A worker from the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) walks amongst ballot boxes during a vote counting at an analysis centre in Kerbala, south of Baghdad May 2, 2014. Iraq held a democratic vote to choose a leader with no foreign troops present for the first time on Wednesday, as Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought to hold power for a third term in a country again consumed by sectarian bloodshed. The electoral commission said 60 percent of all voters had so far cast a ballot, according to
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In a country where democracy has recently been introduced, such as Iraq, elections are much more than just a transition from one government to another. They represent the course of democratization and its manifestations in the country, based on the improvement or deterioration of the people and political entities' democratic conduct and practices. Based on the foregoing, the quantity and quality of participation and the preliminary declared results in this electoral round revealed a remarkable, positive development in the transition to a gradually stable democracy.

In these elections, just as in the previous ones, voices called for prohibiting the electoral process or not recognizing its results, but these voices did not find a significant echo and, on the contrary, calls for active participation to change the situation were made by almost all of the Iraqi components.

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