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Iraqi Election Offices Ready for Vote Last of UN-Made Ballots Delivered to Polls

Baghdad, Iraq
-- The last of the United Nations-made ballots for the Rusafa district of Baghdad were packaged and delivered yesterday from an undisclosed warehouse, to polling stations around the Baghdad area.

Chief district warehouse manager, Mohammed Jasm, has supervised the distribution of over a million ballots in the last four days with nearly 100 laborers working feverishly to get the ballots out before elections on Sunday.

"All my worries will be over when this is done so that we can get rid of Saddam and all the Wahabi's," Jasm said.

Representatives have been drawing their election kits for the polling sites and preparing for the first free elections in Iraq since 1944. Though the U.N. will not sanction the highly profiled elections, the world organization did provide kits and ballots for the historical event.

Security remains the top issue for election day, but Iraqi and American forces are promising a strong presence on streets and around polling sites to help protect those who want to vote. Polling stations and roads have been blockaded to prevent attacks by suicide bombers.

While some citizens are fearful, others are eager to establish a legitimate government and move the country forward.

"We will not be selfish," Jasm said. "We will sacrifice ourselves for this country."

(Editor's Note: Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Rebekah-mae Bruns

39th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)


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