Ahvaz, Khuzestan Prov, Dec 13, IRNA-Iraqis residing in this southwestern province began voting at 9:00 a.m. (5:30 GMT) for representatives to the Iraqi parliament in advance of the election scheduled in their country on Thursday, a local official said here Tuesday.
Iraqis living in Khuzestan province may cast their ballots in polling stations set up in Ahvaz or Shush from December 13 to 15 in coordination with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI), the acting director-general of the Bureau for Alien and Foreign Immigrant Affairs (BAFIA) in Khuzestan, Reza Najafi, told IRNA.
Some 20,000 Iraqis live in the province of Khuzestan, according to the official.
He said that Iraqis 18 years or over who have Iraqi identification cards are eligible to vote in Iraq's landmark parliamentary election.
Iraqis residing in Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Iran, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and United States are also eligible to vote in this election.
Iraqis living in the province of Razavi Khorassan in northeastern Iran cast began voting in two polling stations set up in the province for the parliamentary election scheduled in their country on Tuesday, the BAFIA deputy in the province, Ali Jafarinejad, told IRNA.
He said that Iraqis are required to show their identification cards before they are allowed to vote.
Over 8,000 Iraqis residing in the province are eligible to vote in Iraq's parliamentary election, he added.
The Iraqi nation will go to the polls on Thursday in a landmark election that will choose 275 members of Iraq's first parliament after the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.
The first task of the 275-member elected parliament will be to appoint, with a two-thirds majority, a president and two vice-presidents.
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