Iraqis Expect First Election Results Tomorrow

03.10.10 | FL News Team

The vote count in Iraq is moving along smoothly and first results are likely to be out tomorrow. That's the latest word from a United Nations representative during a news conference with Iraq's top election official in Baghdad today. The election official said the Iraqi government will publish its first batch of results when 30-percent of the votes are counted. Iraqi officials had earlier said they were hoping to release preliminary results today.

 On Sunday, Iraqis headed to the polls to fill 325 seats in their parliament. Straw polls indicate that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's slate of candidates did well in Baghdad and Shiite-majority areas in the south. Maliki's chief rival is former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, whose secular coalition was reportedly ahead in Sunni areas in Iraq's north and west.