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Democracy on Lockdown? Iraq Prepares For Elections

This weekend's elections may be a sign that democracy is flourishing in Iraq, but the security preparations don't exactly make for good voting PR. In order to keep "peaceful" in the transfer of power, Iraq will be on lockdown. Time has a rundown of the security measures, including:

  • Iraq will seal its borders with other countries.
  • Baghdad International Airport will be closed.
  • Movement will be stopped in the center of the cities; only permitted vehicles will be allowed in downtown.
  • Security forces will protect candidates and voters.
  • Thousands of soldiers and police will be on the streets.

On Saturday, 14,400 candidates, including almost 4,000 women, will compete for 444 seats on governing councils for 14 of the 18 provinces. If Iraq's security efforts prove successful, it will bolster the government's contention that it can handle security needs on its own and may lead to a quicker withdrawal of US troops. Let's hope everyone exercising his or her right to vote stays safe this weekend!

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Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
Agreed, clarabelle. This is an exciting day for them!
zeze zeze 7 years
Three political candidates slain in Iraq http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090129/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
I don't think the soldiers are needed so the people can vote, I think they're needed so they can vote SAFELY and so that after the election is complete the "elected officials" aren't coldly murdered so that people the "bad guys" want in office get placed there.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
It still amazes me that thousands of soliders are needed in order for Iraqis to vote. Still safe voting to the Iraqis.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
And this is why we're there. Say whatever else you will about the war, but without our involvement, they wouldn't even be CLOSE to this point.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
The measures seem draconian but necessary, and I wish the Iraqis the best of luck and safe voting.
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