Iraqis in Jordan go to the polls
Iraqis across Jordan started voting on Friday in their country's second general election since the downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003 at the hands of a US-led invasion, DPA reported.
Between 150,000 and 200,000 Iraqis living in Jordan are eligible to vote in the election, according to the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) bureau in Amman.
The actual election in Iraq takes place on Sunday, but voting has started earlier for expatriates, and some voters in Iraq itself, such as prisoners and security officers.
A total of 16 election centres and over 150 polling stations have been set up in the cities of Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Madaba for Iraqis who will have a plenty of time to cast their votes over three days starting Friday, the bureau said.
Over 1,000 Iraqis have been enlisted by the IHEC to man the polling stations, which will be open from 0400 to 1500 GMT.
The Jordanian authorities are providing external security for the electoral centres and polling stations without entering the premises.