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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:39 AM
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Poll question: Who do you think will "win" Iraq election?
Although voting has started in Iraq -- January 30 is their "big" day.

I don't expect an "official" winner to be announced on January 31 -- as it will take awhile to "officially count and tally" the votes.

Who do you think will eventually be pronounced as the "winner"?

meanwhile -- SOTU alert: I don't think it will matter who the "winner" is -- keep your ears and eyes open for bush* to make a statement during the state of the union address that the winner of the Iraq election is the "free" Iraqi people.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:47 AM
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1. If the Shias DON'T win, then you'll know the fix is in...
...given they're the majority and most of the Sunnis are boycotting it.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:49 AM
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2. Millions of Shia are boycotting too
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 05:50 AM by LynnTheDem
Not that anyone would know this going by US State Media, lol!

A tie between bush & Saddam would be too funny for words. Gawd I'd love to see that, lol!

*Just to not continue the general confusion; this "election" isn't to elect a leader or president, but for a "national assembly".
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:54 AM
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3. 119 parties?
That is going to be an interesting percentage count.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:10 AM
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6. The winner = 4%
LOL!

This is such high comedy.

Well, would be if people weren't dying and blood and tissue and intestines oozing into the ground...
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:01 AM
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4. Nobody knows who the candidates are....................
so it's rather difficult to tell. I've read that they're grouping the candidates into 111 groups of names, and that is the way they'll be selected. There will be no voting for specific candidates.
This is the most farcical "Democratic"(?) election ever held. How anyone could say that the will of the Iraqi people has been heard after this cluster fuck is mad.
Of course the MSM will get their pre-printed press releases from KKKarl and this will be the official position of the administration and of course, the MSM. A resounding success. :puke:
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blueknight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:07 AM
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5. the election over there
will be like the last couple we have here, rigged
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:32 AM
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7. No legitimate election can be had under occupation...
nor can a democratic government act according to the people's will when their country is dominated by a foreign military force and foreign corporations.

This Iraqi "election" is a fraud.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:39 AM
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8. Iraq Elections Likely Wont Weaken Insurgency (ME Expert Says)
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/509473/?sc=dwhr
News release from West Virginia University
Thu 27-Jan-2005, 13:40 ET

Iraq Elections Likely Wont Weaken Insurgency, Political Scientist Says
Newswise This weekends elections in Iraq might lend some legitimacy to the new government but wont likely end the daily violence plaguing the war-torn country, a West Virginia University political scientist says.

Iraqis go to the polls Sunday to vote for a 275-member National Assembly and 19 regional legislatures. The National Assembly will have a year to elect a president and deputies, who will in turn select a prime minister.

The elections are somewhat predictable at this point, said R. Scott Crichlow, an assistant professor whose area of expertise includes Middle Eastern politics. There will be more bombings, and the Sunnis are going to end up extremely underrepresented since the main Sunni party is boycotting.

There is also the basic issue of how much these are really elections in the sense Americans view elections, Crichlow added, noting safety concerns that have led to extreme security measures and sent many candidates into hiding.

That said, the elections will offer a glimpse of how Iraqis embrace exercising their vote amid turmoil, he said.

Turnout is one key matter to watch, he said. It could actually be really high in some areas, which I think most Americans would view as a good sign. Secondly, how does Prime Minister (Ayad) Allawis party do relative to the Islamic list? That will have important consequences.

Regardless of the outcome, Crichlow cautions against expecting a peaceful transition overnight.

While the elections might provide some legitimacy to the new government, theyre probably not going to do much to weaken the insurgency, he said. And the Sunni underrepresentation could mean you have a very unstable Iraq for some time to come since the people elected on Sunday will write Iraqs constitution.

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YusefHawkins Donating Member (79 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:59 AM
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9. Who ever counts the votes wins
Also who ever doesn't have the most white stickers covering their name on the optical scan ballots and who ever has the modem number to the touch screen tabulation machines.
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