Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 21st February 2005.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Davies Mr Denzil Davies Labour, Llanelli

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what percentage of the total Iraqi adult population is estimated to have voted in the recent election;

(2) what the official estimate is of the percentage of registered voters who voted in the recent election in Iraq.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

There has been no recent, reliable population census in Iraq. In preparation for the January elections, around 14 million adult Iraqis were included in a passive registration conducted by the Public Distribution System using Oil for Food Programme records. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq announced the provisional final election results on 13 February and said that 8.45 million people voted on 30 January, 58 per cent. of the registered voters.

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