Iraqi military officer sacked for voter-intimidation
An Iraqi officer was fired from his post on Sunday for telling voters near Tikrit they could not vote unless they promised to vote for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's party, police said, dpa reported.
A spokesman for security forces in Shirqat told the German Press Agency dpa that Major General Salah al-Din Mohammed fired Riyad al-Asadi, a senior officer responsible for maintaining security at polls in the area, some 80 kilometres north of Tikrit.
"The expulsion came after al-Asadi prevented people from voting unless they voted for Nuri al-Maliki's list," the spokesman said.
Election monitors in the area, in Iraq's Salah al-Din province just to the north of Baghdad, estimated that turnout in the province had been roughly 60 per cent.
Iraq's electoral commission says that some 18.9 million Iraqis were eligible to vote in parliamentary polls on Sunday, Iraq's second since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country.