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WAR: Conflicting Reports: Mosul Election Staff Quit En Masse

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posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 08:17 AM
Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the Mosul staff of the Independent Electoral Commission. Aljazeera is reporting that the entire 700 member staff has resigned amid security concerns. However, this is something that the head of the Independent Electoral Commission, Abd al-Hussain al-Hindawi, denies.
The entire staff of Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission in the northern city of Mosul, amounting to about 700 emplo-yees, have resigned amid growing violence in the country.

Staff members said on Thursday their resignation followed threats they received in the past few days. The withdrawal of the Iraqi Islamic Party from the election also figured in their decision, Aljazeera has learned.

In its response, however, the electoral commission has vigorously denied the report. "That's not true. We have our staff in Mosul and al-Anbar," Abd al-Hussain al-Hindawi, the head of Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission, told AFP.

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Insurgents have been targeting the election workers as of late in an attempt to stall or put off elections. While the U.S. has been urging Sunni participation in the elections, there are increasing signs that they will stage a boycott of the elections. No doubt as the elections get closer the pace of attacks will increase.

posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 09:03 AM
Can anybody blame them, when US is going to get the message that Iraq is not safe by any means, is not safe to their own people and is not safe to any foreigners in their lands.

Democracy is good when is welcome and wanted, but people do not have to become martyrs just to satisfy the few.

Especially when the people in that country did not overturn their own government but outside forces did.

So democracy is view as a force remedy to the mess in that country as now.

Perhaps one day Iraq will be peaceful enough to want it.

When US invaded Iraq it never dreamed that the sleeping giant would be raised and now it can not be tame, time will do that.

But our administration on its haste to prove that he can shove democracy on that country is making a big mistake and it cares not of the lives that are being lost and the ones that will be lost in the coming days of "elections".

posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 09:23 AM
actually, imma have to agree with Bush on this one, they can't defend themselves. the whole problem is that they have no police or even a military that'll put their life on the line untill they're simply ambushed from time to time. They don't do much to enforce the laws, but most of it being that a lot of previous laws have become void, a lot more people feel more free and less concerned about prosecution as they once had. The majority can be considered like gangbangers in the US. In some cities like Chicago and Los Angeles for instance, the amount of gangbangers outnumbers by a large margin over the amount of police officers, which is the same situation in Iraq. However, we have an established system where we could track killers down, and more importantly, we have civillians that are willing to provide information leading to the capture of criminals.

In Iraq, most people just watch these unfortunate events unfold and are too afraid to say anything about it. They fear that they will too be murdered if they were to open their mouth. That's why they continue to do it, because we can never catch them. Trust me, if the police in Chicago or LA were like the Iraqi police force, these two cities could easily be overrunned. All it would take is a wealthy supplier, like a former mob boss or such and a deal with the largest sets by offering weapons and this place could like like Fallujah in no time.

That is if we hadn't ever had a military, which Iraq doesn't either.

posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 09:23 AM
[edit on 31-12-2004 by makavelli]

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