March 10th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Iraq election results delayed; officials cancel announcement

Iraqi election results will not be available for at least another day, it appears, after election officials canceled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

The Independent High Electoral Commission had said Tuesday that early election results would start to come out at 6 p.m. Wednesday (10 a.m. ET), but it now has no announcement scheduled for Wednesday.

An election official said Tuesday that vote counters want to be particularly accurate.

It takes time to go through the different types of ballots, such as conditional ballots and those from internally displaced and overseas voters, commission member Saad al-Rawi told journalists at a Tuesday news conference.

Initial results could be announced after 30 percent of the voting centers in a province are counted, he added.

Millions of Iraqis defied the threat of violence Sunday to cast ballots in the parliamentary elections. Nearly two out of three eligible voters turned out, election officials said Monday. Some 38 people were killed in attacks on voting day.

–CNN's Arwa Damon contributed to this report.

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  1. LClark

    Just curious but what was considered an "eligible voter" in these elections?

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