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Counting Begins After Delayed Iraqi Vote


Voters check candidate lists in Duhok, Iraq, on June 20 during elections that were postponed in two provinces.

Voters check candidate lists in Duhok, Iraq, on June 20 during elections that were postponed in two provinces.

Iraqis in two Sunni-majority provinces have voted in provincial elections two months after most of the country held the same polls.

No major incidents were reported during voting on June 20 in the Anbar and Nineveh provinces, both in western Iraq.

The elections were held amid tight security.

A vehicle ban was imposed during most of the day in major cities in the two provinces to protect against car bombings, and thousands of policemen and soldiers were deployed.

Iraqis voted in 12 of the country's 18 provinces in April, but officials delayed elections in Anbar and Nineveh, citing security concerns.

Results from the voting are not expected for several days.

Iraq's northern Kurdish region conducts its elections in September.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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