Voter Turnout Data for Iraq Parliamentary Elections

Iraqi Elections

Year of Election Voter Turnout Total Votes Registered Voters Total Population Invalid Votes
2013 – Provincial 51% 6,400,777 Est. 13,800,000 Est. 31,858,481
2010 – Parliamentary
64%
18,892,000
29,671,605
2005 – Parliamentary
79.63%
12,396,631
15,568,702
26,076,088
1.66%

Voting Age Population

Year of Election Voting Age Population Turnout Voting Age Population – Estimated
2010 16,438,836
2005 89.22% 13,894,186

Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)

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Fake Bomb Detector Fraudster Even Fooled the UK MoD

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Jamed McCormick / source:BBC

According to BBC the fake bomb detectors which were based on a Golf ball finder toy were sold to Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Niger and Iraq.

The fraudster James McCormick  had even managed to raise interest from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). As “an Essex policeman organised a demonstration which was watched by an MoD inspector”.

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Fake bomb detector sold by McCormick. /source: Avon and Somerset Police, UK.

Iraqis were the victims effected most, as the Iraqi Government spent over $85 million on 6,000 devices. The number of Iraqis killed as a result of explosives and weapons smuggled undetected by this fiasco is unknown but it must be in thousands. It is worth noting that in 2011 there were 2256 terrorist attacks in Iraq killing over 4200 Iraqis and hundreds of Non-Iraqis.

  1. Iraq’s Government Must demand REFUND of the monies paid for this deadly toy.
  2. UK authorities must be held accountable for failure to detect, stop and apprehend a fraudster who workedmanufactured and sold “death” on the United Kingdom’s soil.
  3. Iraqi, Georgian, Saudi and Niger victims who were injured or have their loved ones killed by explosives must demand COMPENSATION from this fraudster and from the UK government.
  4. A formal PUBLIC APOLOGY is to be issued by UK Prime Minster David Cameron to every victim of those countries.
  5. The MoD inspector who watched the demonstration must be brought to justice with his supervisor for failing to report an obvious attempt of Fraud, Deception and Money Laundering.
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Iraq Police using the fake Detector /source:YahooNews

This is a threat to national security for the UK, an attack on those Countries Sovereignty and a gross breach of those victim’s most basic right, the Right to Exist.

What Challenges Iraqis faced in the 2013 Elections?

Challenges Iraqis faced in April 2013 election:

> Threats by Al-Qaeda and Terrorist organisations to voters and candidates. 14 Sunni candidates were killed in Sunni areas while AL-Qaeda and affiliated groups claimed responsibility for the killings.

> Over 8000 candidates and 256 parties (political entities) to choose from.

> Mass Displacement which meant many Iraqis are not living in their original areas to vote.

> A mere 10 years old “Elections Experience” as past regimes have been military dictators or monarchies.

Iraq Local Elections Turnout better than UK and France

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Iraqi woman in 2013 local Government Elections. source:AP

According to  Iraq’s Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC) the ovaerall turnout in Iraq’s Provicial Councils (local government) elections was 51%. This Election was held on Saturday 20th of April.

So how does that compare to other countries in the world?

US Gun Crime

In 2011 there were 8583 murders caused by firearms in the United Sates. on Avergae 88% of Americans own Firearms. This number of murders is staggering considering the US spent $893 billion ($700 billion in 2011) on National Security in 2012.

In the same year there were 2265 Terrorist attacks in Iraq which caused 4147 deaths. It is worth noting that Iraq’s entire budget for the same year was  $82.6 billion only a fraction of which was allocated for National Security . This number is ten times less than the US National Security Budget and nearly 47 times smaller than the $3833.9 billion full US budget in 2011.