Larger Than Expected Turnout For Iraq's National Elections

An historic day in Iraq, the first multi–party elections in a half century and turnout was ahead of expectations. With the vote now complete in Iraq the next task of course is counting the ballots and that has to be done officials say preliminary results could known in the next day or so and then final results could be in in 10 days and then at that point the assembly seats, 275 of them, will apportioned based on the percentage that each party received. In the meantime there's widespread relief not only that millions of Iraqis turned out at the polls Sunday, but also that the violence wasn't nearly as deadly as the insurgents had promised it would be in as American officials had feared it might be. There were however several suicide bombs and mortar attacks officials say at least nine suicide bombs one car bomb at a checkpoint resulting in the deaths of more than 40 people including Iraqi police, security officers and also there was one U.S. soldier who was killed. There was some disagreement about turnout. Iraqi election commission suggested initially turnout might be as high as 72 percent then they backtracked and said 60 percent then they said they simply don't know. One of the reasons they don't know is because international election monitors did not go to some of the polls because of the violence and the threats of violence over the past couple of days.
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