Iraqis vote in Utrecht

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13 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — There was a festive atmosphere at the special polling station that opened in Utrecht on Tuesday morning to allow Iraqis living in the Netherlands to cast their ballots in their homeland's parliamentary elections.

13 December 2005

AMSTERDAM — There was a festive atmosphere at the special polling station that opened in Utrecht on Tuesday morning to allow Iraqis living in the Netherlands to cast their ballots in their homeland's parliamentary elections.

News agency ANP reported that there was no a huge rush to vote at the city's Kromhout barracks. Several dozen people turned up to cast their ballots by 9am, two hours after the voting station opened. Many of the voters were dressed in festive attire, as were members of the Dutch section of Iraq's independent electoral commission.

A spokesperson said this was a real festive occasion for Iraqis in the Netherlands. "It is important for the future of Iraq, and Iraqis in the Netherlands want to play their part."

Iraqis can cast their vote in Utrecht on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to 8pm. It is expected that between 15,000 and 20,000 Iraqis will vote in the Netherlands.

The organisers in Utrecht said voting numbers would pick up during Tuesday afternoon at the barracks in Utrecht where 48 individual voting booths have been set up.

Voters in Iraq go to the polls on Thursday. The electorate is being asked to pick a parliament for a four-year term. The members of parliament will, in turn, elect a president, who will nominate a prime minister.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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