Low Turnout in Local Elections

By John Lee.

Just over 50 percent of eligible Iraqi voters participated in provincial elections on Saturday, well below the 72 percent turnout for the latest such elections, in 2009, according to Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).

The turnout in Baghdad was only 33 percent.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the lower participation rate reflects growing disillusionment with a political process.

Sixteen months after the last coalition forces departed, many Iraqis say they feel left out by a political dialogue they say is sectarian and corrupt. Some say Iraq seems to be sliding backwards into authoritarian rule.

Preliminary results will be announced on Wednesday, officials said.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

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