Iraqi authorities gear up for parliamentary election

An Iraqi Kurdish man shows his ink-stained finger after voting during regional parliamentary elections at a polling station in Arbil. (File photo: Reuters)

Iraqi authorities have begun preparation for an upcoming parliamentary election by distributing voter ID cards in all but one of the country's 18 provinces, a spokesman for the election commission told the Associated Press on Saturday.

The election is scheduled for April 30.

Voters in 13 provinces began to receive cards, which contain a computer chip, three weeks ago, spokesman Aziz al-Kheikani said, adding that distribution began in four new provinces including the capital Baghdad.

Authorities will decide soon on how to distribute cards in the western province of Anbar, which has been awash with violence in recent weeks as militants took control of the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital Ramadi.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42