In the first Elections since the withdrawal of U.S forces the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC) has confirmed that 6,400,777 voters have cast their votes.
This has been a great success and another show of Iraqis’ determination to achieve a better future for their country and decide their own destiny. The elections went smoothly and without any recorded incidents despite the repeated threats by terrorists.
*Please note these are Initial Numbers and may increase.
Some Election Stats
Overall Turnout: 51% (Similar to Turnout in 2009 Elections)
Number of Registered Eligible voters: Approx. 13,800,000 (Including 14,000 prisoners, 55,000 hospital patients and 53,000 displaced Iraqis eligible to vote).
Number of voters turned out: 6,400,777 voter
Elections are held: 12 provinces (out of 18 provinces).
4 Provinces are part of the semi-autonomous region Kurdistan with their Elections in September 2013, 2 provinces (Anbar, Nineveh) have requested to postpone their elections due to security reasons.
No. of seats contested: 378 seats in Province Councils (Local Government).
Total Number of Candidates: 8138candidate
Female Candidates: 2205 Candidate
Male Candidates: 5933 Candidate
This is the 6th Voting exercise by Iraqis in 10 years.
- 2004 National Assembly Elections
- 2005 Constitution Referendum
- 2005 Parliamentary Elections
- 2009 Provincial Councils
- 2010 Parliamentary elections
- 2013 Provincial Council (Saturday 20th April)
Number of Parties and Alliances competing: 256 Political Entity and 50 Political Alliance
International Independent Observers (non-Iraqi): 350 Observer
Local Independent Observer: 6,000 Observer
Political Parties’ Observers (Political Entity Representatives): 267,388 representative
Polling Stations: 5,370 (5,178)¹
Ballot Boxes: 32,445 (32,201)² election ballot box
Including Polling Stations in Prisons, Hospitals.
Polling Stations Opening Time: 07:00 to 17:00 (Baghdad Time)
IHEC Help Centre Freephone: 2800 calls received from Voters. (The freephone number is 5777)
Local Help Centres set-up by IHEC: 12 Help Centres (One in every province).
IHEC staff (Including reserve staff): 180,000 Member of Staff
100% of Staff in this election were Iraqis.
Local Journalists and Media: 2,256 Registered Journalist
International Journalists: 187 Journalist.
1 An Earlier report IHEC
2 An Earlier report of IHEC