Follow up to October 15th Elections: Successful Outcome for Iraqi Constitution

Tuesday October 18, 2005

- Election officials in Diyala and Ninevah reported most voters had supported the constitution.

- Electoral Commission chief Abdul-Hussein al-Hindawi reported overall voter turnout was as high as 63 percent to 64 percent, even higher than in the January 2005 elections.

- The acceptance of the constitution is a major step in setting up a democratic government

- Shi'ites and Kurds make up about 80 percent of Iraq's population. Sunni involvement is seen as crucial to getting the country away from insurgent violence.

- Despite the majority acceptance, the constitution appears to have been soundly rejected in two Sunni provinces.

- The international commissioner to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq stated preliminary results showed a strong turnout in the largely Shi'ite south, with 63 percent having voted in Basra.

- Officials pointed to the relatively low level of violence -- achieved during a three-day lockdown of the country -- as an especially positive sign.

- Scheduled elections to be held on December 15, 2005, will elect a government consisting of a four-year parliament.

President Bush comments on Iraqi Election

Hear report from NPR: Iraqi Constitution Seen Headed for Approval


  • Security good as millions of Iraqis cast constitution ballots (AFIS)
  • Air strikes kill 70 militants, (AT)
  • Troops help protect Iraqi polls (ARNEWS)
  • Change is in your hands, Reserve chief tells Soldiers (ARNEWS)
  • U.S. military remains presence in Iraq's political process. (WP)
  • Cuban American veteran allowed to visit with children (LAT/EB)
  • Banquet honors top Guard, Reserve employers (AFIS)


  • Iraqi officials are checking vote totals (MSNBC)
  • Referendum appears to have passed despite opposition from Sunnis (WP)
  • American military launched attack to beat back insurgents (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqis approved controversial constitution (WP)
  • Bush congratulates Iraqis on successful election (AFIS)
  • Iraq's Premier calls for quick trial for Saddam (WP | EB)
  • Rumsfeld tells SoCoM: develop a more forceful terror strategy (TT/EB)
  • Questions raised over irregularities in count (USAT)


  • Analysis: 'Sunnis fail to stop 'yes' vote' (UPI)
  • Kurds hold mass burial for victims of Saddam's regime (CSM)
  • Deposed dictator faces massacre charges (CNN)
  • U.S. military helicopters deliver aid to Kashmir (WP)
  • Pilots risk safety during rescues in Pakistan (WP)


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