Final results on Iraq vote substantially delayed

Questions about the integrity of the vote and physical barriers to getting marked ballots to the capital meant final results from Iraq's landmark refe

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October 19, 2005 03:24
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Questions about the integrity of the vote and physical barriers to getting marked ballots to the capital meant final results from Iraq's landmark referendum on a new constitution won't be announced until Friday at the earliest, officials said late on Tuesday. The returns had raised questions over the possibility of irregularities in the balloting _ and have prompted an audit into an irregularly high number of "yes" votes. With the delays, the outcome of the crucial referendum would remain up in the air possibly into next week, at a time when the government had hoped to move public attention to a new milestone: The start of the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein on Wednesday.



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