Iraqi polling station opens in Paris

28th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - A polling station for Iraqis living in France and neighbouring countries opened in a Paris school building early on Friday, an election official told AFP.

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - A polling station for Iraqis living in France and neighbouring countries opened in a Paris school building early on Friday, an election official told AFP.

"Voting began this morning at 7:00 (0600 GMT)," said Marion Wambergue of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). "A few people have already voted; everything is totally calm," she added.

Wambergue said she expected a heavier turnout on Saturday and Sunday as voters from Belgium, Italy, Spain and Switzerland - countries where no polling stations have been set up - travel to France to take part in the elections.

Only 1,041 Iraqis resident in France have registered for the election. The country is believed to be home to between 8,000 and 20,000 Iraqis.

Iraqi residents had nine days until Tuesday to register for the elections, which are being organised outside the country by the UN's International Organisation for Migration.

In order to take part in the vote, one must be a current or former Iraqi national or be born of an Iraqi father.

© AFP

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