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    290,000 Israelis Eligible to Vote in Iraqi Elections Dec 12, 05 / 11 Kislev 5766 By Ezra HaLevi http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=94655 Jews
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      290,000 Israelis Eligible to Vote in Iraqi Elections
      Dec 12, '05 / 11 Kislev 5766
      By Ezra HaLevi
      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=94655



      Jews around the world who were born in Iraq are eligible to vote in
      the Iraqi elections taking place this week.


      According to Hamida Al-Husseini, who is in charge of absentee ballots
      in the coming elections, even Iraqi Jews holding Israeli citizenship
      can vote. "How can we know what additional citizenships a voter
      holds?" Al-Husseini told the Maariv Daily. "We only check the
      documents confirming that the voter in question holds Iraqi citizenship."

      Anybody holding Iraqi citizenship, whether he/she was born in Iraq, or
      was born to an Iraqi father, is eligible to vote, according to Iraqi
      law. An estimated 290,000 Israelis are therefore eligible to vote. In
      order to exercise that right, however, one must report to the nearest
      polling station – which in the case of Israelis is in Jordan.

      Following the ratification of the constitution of Iraq on October 15,
      2005, a general election was set for December 15th in order to elect a
      permanent 275-member Iraqi National Assembly.

      During the January election of the transitional Assembly, about 20
      Israelis actually voted. Those elections were facilitated by the
      United Nations, however. It is likely that the coming elections, being
      organized by the Iraqi interim government, will have in place measures
      to prevent the participation of Israeli Jews.

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