No major disruptions reported

Electoral commission says no extension for voting hours, initial results expected in 24 hours

BAGHDAD, December 18 — The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) confirmed there would be no extension of voting hours beyond 6 p.m. local time, noting the absence of any major complaints reported.

IHEC member Ali Rashid reported to the Iraqi News Agency:

Sixteen million eligible voters have the right to participate in the elections across all governorates of Iraq. The organization at the polling centers is good, and the employees are carrying out their duties effectively, with an increasing turnout at the polling centers.

The commission has completed all preparations for this democratic event and has not recorded any difficulties in dealing with the polling centers. There is smooth flow as citizens cast their votes freely and transparently. There is no extension of voting time after 6 PM.

On her part, IHEC member Ahlam Al-Jabri stated:

Elections are a right for those who meet the conditions and possess a biometric card.

The electoral process is proceeding calmly and smoothly. There are no issues with the voting machines, and what occurred in the special voting is considered a minor technical glitch.

Preliminary results will be announced within 24 hours of the end of the voting process, including both special and general voting.