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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Monitors in Iraq Review Unusually High "Yes" Vote

An article in the New York Times reports that there have been irregularities in the voting for Iraq's new Constitution. The article begins:
Iraqi election officials said Monday that they were investigating "unusually high" vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces, where as many as 99 percent of the voters were reported to have cast ballots in favor of Iraq's new constitution. The investigation raised the possibility that the results of the referendum could be called into question.

Apparently it may take up to three days or more to figure out why there are such high "yes" vote percentages, but this could unfortunately lead more Iraqis to question the legitimacy of the Constitution. Click here to read the article. Also check out this Op-Ed arguing that the adoption of the Constitution in Iraq is only a recipe for disaster. I am not sure if I buy the argument, but its worth considering.

--Tom Hayes


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