Iraqis vote actively despite attacks (2)

10:57, March 08, 2010      

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Through a series of prolonged and meticulous checks, we entered the Green Zone amid sounds of blast from every direction.

Primer Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, Minister of Oil, Hussein Al- Shahristani and some influential tribe leaders cast their ballots and received media interviews in Rasheed Hotel.

After an interview with Mr. Maliki, we left the Green Zone for another polling center that opened to ordinary citizens. Dozens of Iraqi people lined up waiting for the security check.

A staff in the polling center named Hani introduced to Xinhua the process of polling. He said that four hours after the voting started, 20 percent of the registered 450 voters had already voted, and he expected a final turnout at around 70 percent.

A woman who brought her two little daughters to the polling station told Xinhua, "These bombings are just like kid's tricks, they want to make us stay at home, it's impossible. In the past we suffered from no electricity, no gas and violence, this time I have to change all these with my family, this is a chance to change history, I don't want to miss it."

According to the arrangement, international observers presented at the polling stations to prevent any frauds during the electoral processes.

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