Tuesday, June 03, 2003

The Scotsman - International - First post-Saddam elections cancelled by BritishFirst post-Saddam elections cancelled by British

JACK FAIRWEATHER IN UMM QASR


BRITISH forces in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr yesterday cancelled what would have been the first democratic elections in post-war Iraq.

Amid disorder at polling booths, allegations of rampant corruption in the choosing of candidates, and locals barely aware of a vote taking place, the elections have been "postponed indefinitely".

The embarrassment follows criticisms that the armed forces should wait for professionals to organise elections in the chaos of post-war Iraq.

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