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UN official in Iraq says elections are on track

[JURIST] The top UN elections official in Iraq has said that elections scheduled for January are on track and the results will be credible whether international observers are present or not. The presence of observers for the elections has been in doubt due to the security situation in the country. Carlos Valenzuela, of the UN Independent Electoral Commission, said Thursday the observers only served a symbolic role though. Valenzuela also defended the UN against accusations that it has not done enough to aid in the elections preparation. About 10 UN elections experts are currently in Iraq, and 15 more are expected in early January. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Thursday that January elections were still technically possible, although it was up to Iraqis whether to proceed with the plans. The UN has more on Iraq. AP has more.

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