jbooma Posted October 25, 2005 Share Posted October 25, 2005 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9803257/ Results from Oct. 15 referendum indicate 78.59 percent backed charter BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq’s landmark constitution was adopted by a majority of voters during the country’s Oct. 15 referendum, election officials said Tuesday. Results released by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq showed that Sunni Arabs, who had sharply opposed the draft document, failed to produce the two-thirds “no” vote they would have needed in at least three of Iraq’s 18 provinces to defeat it. Overall, 78.59 percent of voters backed the charter, while 21.41 percent opposed it, officials said. “Whatever the results of the referendum are ... it is a civilized step that aims to put Iraq on the path of true democracy,” Farid Ayar, an official with the electoral commission, said before reading the final results. Two mostly Sunni Arab provinces — Salahuddin and Anbar — had voted against the constitution by at least a two-thirds vote. The commission, which had been auditing the referendum results for 10 days, said a third province where many Sunnis live — Ninevah — produced a “no” vote of only 55 percent. Election commission officials and U.N. officials, who also took part in the audit, “found no cases of fraud that could affect the results of the vote,” Ayar said. The constitution, which many Kurds and majority Shiites strongly support, is considered another major step in the country’s democratic transformation, clearing the way for the election of a new Iraqi parliament on Dec. 15. Such steps are considered important in any decision about the future withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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