Iraq beginning voter registration for constitution referendum

Iraq beginning voter registration for constitution referendum

[JURIST] The head of the Iraq electoral commission [official website] has said that Iraq will open voter registration on August 1 in preparation for the scheduled October 15 vote on a new Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], and general elections in December. Reports are that the constitution draft will be done on schedule [JURIST report] by August 15, despite a recent Sunni walkout [JURIST report] that ended today [JURIST report]. Sunnis are expected to participate more in the coming elections than in parliament elections in January, which they largely boycotted. About 16 million people will be eligible to vote. AP has more.