2005/02/03

Iraq Update

Iraqi interim President Ghazi Ajil Yawer said Tuesday that tens of thousands of people may have been unable to vote in a historic weekend election because some polling places, including those in Sunni Muslim areas, ran out of ballots.

"Tens of thousands were unable to cast their votes because of the lack of ballots in Basra, Baghdad and Najaf," Yawer, a Sunni, said at a news conference. Najaf is a mostly Shiite city but Basra and Baghdad have substantial Sunni populations. Sydney Morning Herald

When millions of Iraqis braved violence Sunday to elect a National Assembly charged with crafting a new constitution, they also elected local assemblies in hopes of getting something far simpler: electricity.

"We gave them (the interim government) an excuse because they didn't have the authority. But if the people vote for them, that means they are legitimate," said Adnan Mehdi Shaed, 36, who exchanges currency in Najaf. "I want them to fix the electricity."

Electricity is so sparse in Iraq that some places get it only for an hour a day. Parts of Najaf have no electricity at all. Those who can afford generators, which run on gas, have bought them. But the lines to get gas stretch for miles, and the wait can be so long that some people spend the night in cars.
KR Washington Bureau

4 Comments:

“...tens of thousands of people may have been unable to vote in a historic weekend election because some polling places, including those in Sunni Muslim areas, ran out of ballots...”.

Strange how Iraq sounds more like America by the day... 

Posted by WhyNot
2/03/2005 04:36:00 am  
hhmm, but i take it the shi'ites had an abundance of ballots (much like the republican areas?) 

Posted by angiekruger
2/03/2005 01:53:00 pm  
but tens of thousands of them here in the USA voted.. hopefully that will be counted 

Posted by APRIL
2/03/2005 08:16:00 pm  
Read Mark Morford's latest 'Come see our brutal democracy.'

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2005/02/02/notes020205.DTL 

Posted by Dianne
2/04/2005 09:59:00 am  

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