Twairij voices:

Device glitches cast doubt on voting intentions

TWAIRIJ, December 17 — In the wake of the electronic counting device failure during the special voting in Twairij, Karbala, 964media surveyed local sentiments to gauge its impact on residents’ willingness to participate in Monday’s general vote. Amidst these technical setbacks, which resulted the transfer of special ballot boxes to Karbala’s center, the overall voter turnout in Iraq stood at 67%.

Hussein Abbas Ali, a PhD student, expressed concerns about the implications of the device failure. “Such technical glitches erode public trust in the election’s transparency, potentially deterring citizens from voting in the general elections. This issue not only disrupts the democratic process but also fuels skepticism among those already hesitant about participating.”

Twairij resident Mohammed Ali Basim shared his resolve to vote despite the challenges. “While the issue might influence some, I’m determined to cast my vote for a capable candidate. It’s crucial not to concede the electoral space to the established political parties with loyal followings.”

Diaa Abbas, another local, echoed the importance of a robust voter turnout. “High participation in the elections is essential to strengthen democracy and elect effective provincial council representatives. By voting, we affirm our role in shaping decisions and curbing the dominance of any single group or party.”

Abu Hassan, a resident initially uncertain about voting, decided against participation due to the recent issues. “The failure of the counting devices has only strengthened my hesitation to vote.”

Ali Al-Jubouri expressed a more cynical view. “I question the point of voting when the outcome seems predetermined. The same powers control the nation’s resources and use elections to solidify their grip. Provincial councils only contribute to project delays and worsen sectarian divisions. I refuse to partake in what appears to be a mere facade.”