January 10, 2009

Iraq Headed for a January 31 Election

AS IRAQ nears its provincial elections day, January 31, residents are faced with ballots that could make even Californian's head spin. In total across the country, 14,400 candidates representing 40 political entitites are vying for 440 seats.

Fourteen of Iraq's 18 provinces are holding elections and in Badhdad alone, there are more than 2,400 candidates. They must deal with security concerns and questionable campaign tactics of some contenders who are giving away cooking oil, blankets and cast.

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