posted on Jan, 15 2005 @ 08:29 AM
The use of cars will be severely curtailed on election day in Iraq. This action is being taken in hopes that it can stem the tide of potential
election day violence. Also a security cordon will be placed around each polling place. This and other measure are being taken to ensure that Iraqi's
eligible to vote do so in the upcoming elections. Iraqi forces will be primarily responsible for security, but will have American backup if needed.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - In an apparent bid to head off car bombings on election day, Iraqi authorities will restrict the use of automobiles throughout the
country and will place security cordons around polling stations, a Cabinet minister said Saturday.
Provincial Affairs minister Waeil Abdel-Latif also pledged that the government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi would provide adequate security for
voters on Jan. 30, but he acknowledged that the security situation in four of the country's 18 provinces was unstable.
Iraqi security forces, he said, will shoulder the prime responsibility for security on election day. But the U.S.-led multinational force will provide
support if asked, Abdel-Latif said.
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They are going to have to do something and this seems like a smart move. God knows how many pre placed car bombs there was going to be and if a
suicide car bomber moves towards forces well they will know to take it out. The problem is that if you establish a secure bubble around the polling
place its entrances and exits are still vulnerable to attack.