Arabic | Kurdish

 Breaking || Iraqi troops kill two Islamic State militants, seize explosives in Salahuddin



Voting turnout in Kurdistan independence referendum up to 76%

2017/09/25 | 18:30

(Iraq Now News)- Kurds stand in line waiting to cast ballots during a vote on independence from Iraq.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Voting in Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s referendum stood at up to 76%, the electoral commission supervising the process said Monday as polling stations approach closure.

Kurdish network Rudaw put the voting percentage at 76%, while RIA Novosti quoted an electoral official saying turnout was at 65 percent.

Kurdish authorities had predicted 900.000 out of four million eligible voters to show up at the process rejected by the Arab-led central government in Baghdad, the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran.

Commission officials were quoted saying that voting was extended by one extra hour, with results scheduled within 24 hours from the end of the polls.

Kurdistan gained actual autonomous governance based on the 2005 constitution, but is still considered a part of Iraq.

The region was created in 1970 based on an agreement with the Iraqi government, ending years of conflicts.

Baghdad and Erbil have for long disputed sovereignty over a number of regions, most notably the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, besides contending over petroleum exports’ revenues from those regions.

Baghdad has repeatedly vowed to take legal action if Erbil proceeded with the vote.

A few hours earlier, the Iraqi parliament ordered Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy government forces at Kurdish-held areas where sovereignty is disputed with Erbil.

Note: The post (Voting turnout in Kurdistan independence referendum up to 76%) appeared first on (Iraq News Today) and do not necessarily reflect the position of IraqNow.news.
You can read the original text from the source (Iraq News Today).










Trending Now

Iraq Baghdad
ISIS kirkuk
afrin Kurdistan
Mosul Hashd
PKK Oil

⋙ Iraqi troops kill two Islamic State militants, seize explosives in Salahuddin

⋙ Kurdish MP: Iraqi forces withdrawal from positions in Kirkuk

⋙ UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire in Syria

⋙ Salih Muslim arrested: Turkish media

⋙ Three policemen killed, injured in Islamic State attack against oilfield in Kirkuk

Videos - Photos

⋙ Video: Workers' protests erupt in Iran

⋙ Funeral held for 27 Iraqis killed in IS ambush near Baghdad (video)

⋙ Turkish prosecutors try to link Demirtas to PKK with peace-talk photos


ISIS News

⋙ Video: Workers' protests erupt in Iran

⋙ Funeral held for 27 Iraqis killed in IS ambush near Baghdad (video)

⋙ Will the Kurds simply wait for Iraq’s next crisis?

⋙ Kirkuk: Suicide bomber targets Hashd, ISIS kills two at oilfield

⋙ Military commander says there are no ISIS affiliates in Kirkuk

⋙ Redeployment of Russian forces in Afrin could deescalate crisis

⋙ ‘Kirkuk is secure:’ police urge calm amid fears of ISIS sleeper cells