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31 January 2005
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News & Analysis SPECIAL FLASHPOINTS EDITION ON THE ELECTION IN IRAQ Report, Flashpoints (31 January 2005)
In a special Flashpoints edition on the election in Iraq Dennis Bernstein, Robert Knight, and Nora Barrows Friedman brings live reports from unembedded special corespondant Dahr Jamail, and Robert Fisk of The Independent.
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News & Analysis CONFUSION SURROUNDS IRAQ POLL TURNOUT Report, Aljazeera (31 January 2005)
Confusion surrounds turnout statistics in Iraq’s election, with the country’s election commission backtracking on a statement that 72% had voted and top politicians insisting the turnout was high. The commission said its initial tally had been little more than a guess based on local estimates. “Turnout figures recently announced represent the enormous and understandable enthusiasm felt in the field on this historic day,” a commission statement said. “However, these figures are only very rough, word-of-mouth estimates gathered informally from the field. It will take some time for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq to release accurate figures on turnout.”
News & Analysis SOME JUST VOTED FOR FOOD Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service (31 January 2005)
BAGHDAD, Jan 31 (IPS) – Voting in Baghdad was linked with receipt of food rations, several voters said after the Sunday poll. Many Iraqis said Monday that their names were marked on a list provided by the government agency that provides monthly food rations before they were allowed to vote. “I went to the voting centre and gave my name and district where I lived to a man,” said Wassif Hamsa, a 32-year-old journalist who lives in the predominantly Shia area Janila in Baghdad. “This man then sent me to the person who distributed my monthly food ration.”
The Media DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ Omar Iskandar Khan, Electronic Iraq (31 January 2005)
Here we undertake only to examine the terms of this liberation in the language supplied by our president and our media. “An Indelible Moment,” is one among several hundred articles that have littered our collective imagination during the past weeks. Printed yesterday as expatriate ballots were cast, it is the Washington Post’s attempt to consummate the marriage of Iraqi-democracy.
News & Analysis FOCUS ON ELECTIONS Report, IRIN (31 January 2005)
Sunday, 30 January, 2005, will go down in history as the day many Iraqi voters showed their determination to go to the polls in the face of threats and intimidation from insurgents bent on making the first free election in 50 years fail. An estimated 8 million people turned out across the country amid tight security.
Iraq Diaries CPT IRAQ RELEASE: ELECTION PRELUDE Cliff Kindy, Electronic Iraq (31 January 2005)
The director of the Iraq Electoral Commission asked Christian Peacemaker Teams to be official international election observers. CPT chose not to play that role because of concerns about the inordinate U.S. influence on this Iraqi election. The Muslim Scholars’ Board (MSB) has asked people to boycott the election and asked for a two-month delay because there are so many Sunni areas where the execution of the election will face serious problems. The general secretary of MSB (an organization of Sunni and Shi’a religious leaders) told CPT, “This election provides justification for the continuing U.S. occupation. It will allow the U.S. to override the UN Security Council resolution that the U.S should leave Iraq this year.”
News & Analysis IRAQI ELECTIONS: IN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS Report, Electronic Iraq (30 January 2005)
‘Millions of Iraqis defied a surge of bombings and suicide attacks yesterday to go to the polls in greater than expected numbers for the first democratic elections for 50 years. The electoral commission’s provisional estimate of turnout was 57%. Despite an extraordinary security crackdown in which all cars were banned from the streets and most roads were blocked by soldiers and coils of razor wire, more than 40 Iraqis were killed in attacks.’
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