Kofi Annan notes high turnout in 2005 Iraq elections
Monday, January 31, 2005
New York, USA — UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has noted that the Iraqi people turned out in large numbers to vote in the January 30 ballot. Voters were deciding who to elect to the 275 seat Transitional National Assembly.
Sporadic violence saw the deaths of 22 people across the country during voting, but attacks by insurgents did not seem to deter voters from exercising their new democratic rights. Annan praised the courage of the people and congratulated the Independent Election Commission of Iraq (IECI) and UN officials for successfully running the poll.
The Secretary General went on to say that the success bodes well for the on-going transition process. The next step will be a referendum in October 2005 on the constitution the Transitional National Assembly will be tasked with drawing up.
In the Out-of-Country Voting Program, 93.6% of Iraqis eligible to vote, did so.
- Kofi Annan. "Statement from the Secretary-General on the Iraqi Elections" — , January 31, 2005
- "Iraqis Turn Overwhelmingly to Democracy" — , January 30, 2005
- "Polling Opening/Closing/Number of Voters Report" — , January 31, 2005