The parties have registered, the alliances have formed and the calls for a delay have mostly died down. With the first frantic stage of Iraq’s landmark electoral saga past, planners face the nuts and bolts of holding a credible vote in four weeks’ time. Until now, the campaign was almost a theoretical concept. Much of the work took place inside Baghdad’s Green Zone fortress, and the far-flung local offices of the Independent Electoral Commission kept a low profile. Most of the estimated 14 million eligible voters were automatically registered without having to leave their homes. The international team assisting the electoral commission is a battle-tested group with experience in countries that read like a travelogue of conflict zones: Indonesia, Kosovo, Cambodia, Liberia and more. Full Story
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