Saturday, December 25, 2004

The Return of ZEYAD

We are happy to announce that Zeyad has returned to blogging and has written two detailed blog entries today. Read both and learn.

Here's an excerpt from his entry of the upcoming election:
Recent polls by the IEC indicate that some 80% of eligible voters (all Iraqis over 18 who can prove their Iraqi identity) in the country have registered. Registration forms for each family were compiled from their existing ration cards since there was no national census following the war. The forms were not without errors so the IEC provided details on the back of the forms on how to fix them, the deadline was December 15.

Iraq is regarded as a single constituency since this is a nationwide ballot. 7000 voting centers (most of them in schools) across the country have been prepared to receive voters. Iraqis shall also vote to elect members of their local Governorate Councils and voters in the north shall elect members of the Kurdish Parliament

Iraqi exiles abroad (estimated to be about 3 million) with proof of their Iraqi nationality can vote at Iraqi embassies and consulates. About ten voting centers will be available worldwide in the UK, Sweden, USA, Jordan, Iran, Australia, and the UAE. Germany, Syria and Canada, all of which contain sizeable Iraqi communities, have refused to allow Iraqis to vote inside their borders.

A registered voter will cast his vote for ONE of the 93 lists. The National Assembly will consist of 275 members. A candidate would need (total number of voters/275) votes to get a seat in the assembly. For example, if 10 million people vote, divide 10,000,000 by 275 and you get 36,363 votes required for a candidate to be on the assembly (actually it's 36363.6 votes but I'm not quite sure how they are going to deal with fractional numbers).

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2Slick has some photos from Mosul you might like on his blog today. If you work for the Associated Press, however, you might NOT like them very much.

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If you work for the Associated Press, you REALLY won't like what Wretchard at Belmont Club is doing to you.

Jack Stokes, director of media relations at AP, says that "insurgents want their stories told as much as other people."

Yeah, so does Hannibal Lecter.

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