Iraqi expatriates start registering for polls
17 January 2005, AMMAN - Iraqi expatriates in 14 countries, including Germany, on Monday began registering to vote in their homeland's 30 January elections with the process going on "smoothly", an official in Jordan said.
17 January 2005
AMMAN - Iraqi expatriates in 14 countries, including Germany, on Monday began registering to vote in their homeland's 30 January elections with the process going on "smoothly", an official in Jordan said.
Registration offices were set up in the capital Berlin as well as in Munich, Cologne and Mannheim, with the Iraqis having until 23 January to register, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Berlin.
An estimated 80,000 Iraqis live in Germany, but the number of eligible voters among them was not immediately known. Officials estimated that some 12,000 eligible Iraqi voters live in Berlin.
A spokesperson for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Monique de Groot, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the registration process around the world was so far going smoothly.
"It is the first day of registration that is due to come to an end on Sunday. We hope by tomorrow to be able to give numbers," she said.
The Geneva-based IOM is organising expatriate voting on behalf of the Iraqi electoral commission in 14 countries, including Jordan, home to about 200,000 eligible Iraqi voters.
As well as Germany, about one million Iraqi expatriates may be eligible to vote in Jordan, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Iran, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, Britain, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, de Groot said.
"We are coordinating closely with authorities in the 14 countries and we are receiving adequate security and administrative facilities for doing our job," she added.
She pointed out that 75 polling centres had been set up in 36 cities throughout the world, including 12 in Jordan.
IOM officials have invited Iraqis living outside their country to cast votes on 28, 29 and 30 January.
Subject: German news