Berlin says no decision yet on Iraq polling

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17 December 2004, BERLIN - Officials in Berlin said they had not taken a decision yet on whether to permit a polling station to collect the votes of an estimated 84,000 Iraqi exiles in the country. A spokesman for Iraq's independent election commission, Farid Ayar, had said on Thursday that both Germany and Canada were obstructing plans for special polling centres to collect overseas votes in the election to be held in six weeks' time. He said those western nations feared this could be "importing terroris

17 December 2004

BERLIN - Officials in Berlin said they had not taken a decision yet on whether to permit a polling station to collect the votes of an estimated 84,000 Iraqi exiles in the country.

A spokesman for Iraq's independent election commission, Farid Ayar, had said on  Thursday that both Germany and Canada were obstructing plans for special polling centres to collect overseas votes in the election to be held in six weeks' time.

He said those western nations feared this could be "importing terrorism", especially after an apparent plot this month to assassinate Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi on a visit to Berlin.

At the Interior Ministry in Berlin, a spokesman said no decision had been taken yet on the matter. He said government statistics showed just under 84,000 Iraqis on German soil as of the end of 2003.

Iraq's electoral rolls include 3 million persons living abroad. Ayar said 14 locations abroad had been chosen for voting centres to be set up with United Nations help. One such location was Munich, where most Iraqis in Germany live.

DPA

Subject: German news

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