New electronic system to speed up Iraqi election results: elections chief

A new electronic system will deliver the results of Iraq’s upcoming election on May 12 within hours of polls closing.

(Reuters) – A new electronic system will deliver the results of Iraq’s upcoming national election within hours of polls closing, the country’s chief electoral officer said, a marked improvement from previous years when it took weeks to announce the outcome.

Iraqis head to the polls on May 12 and will be using an electronic voting system for the first time.

“The results will be announced in hours, not days,” Riyadh al-Badran, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent High Electoral Commission, said in a Reuters interview at the commission’s headquarters in Baghdad.

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