Iraqi Kurds go to the polls
Nearly 3.1 million were eligible to vote for new parliament in autonomous region
Iraqi Kurds voted on Sunday for a new parliament in their autonomous region, which is mired in an economic crisis a year after an independence referendum that angered Baghdad, AFP reported.
Almost 3.1 million voters were eligible to cast ballots across three provinces in the northern region, where 673 candidates from 29 political movements contested seats in the 111-member parliament.
Polling closed as scheduled at 1500 GMT and the results are expected within 72 hours.
The vote passed off with only minor incidents such as gunmen trying to vote without the necessary papers.
The electoral commission gave an official turnout of 58% of registered voters in Arbil, the regional capital and one of the three provinces which make up Iraqi Kurdistan.
The figures were 53% for Sulaymaniyah and 61% in Dohuk.
The commission gave no overall figure but early indications pointed to a modest turnout following a campaign that failed to arouse much enthusiasm.