In the Iraqi Kurdistan region began a referendum on independence

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradova Iraqi Kurdistan. Archival photoIn the Iraqi Kurdistan region began a referendum on independence© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradov

Voters in Iraqi Kurdistan go to the polling stations to vote on independence for their Autonomous region, people greet each other on the streets of the capital of autonomy Erbil festive atmosphere, the correspondent of RIA Novosti from the event.

Officially voting on the referendum begins at 8 a.m. local time (coincides with Moscow time), however, judging by the air of local TV channel Kurdistan24, some areas, particularly in the city of Sulaymaniyah, are already working. Voters go to the sites, find their name on the list, put your thumb print.

Voting is organized in schools, hospitals, administrative and public institutions. The fighters of the Kurdish Peshmerga (militia) will be able to vote in the arrangement of its parts.

To participate in the referendum can everyone who has Iraqi citizenship and was on «the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Kurdish areas outside» (meaning disputed with Baghdad areas inhabited by Kurds, but not wholesome in the official part of the autonomy). For voters living outside Iraq, have launched an online voting on a special website. Here it comes, the first vote was a Kurdish businessman living in China.

Now to the polling stations in Erbil lined up a large queue of those wishing to vote. Many dressed in festive national dress, around the neck — scarf with the colors of Kurdistan. «The Kurds have waited for this day all his life, for us it is a big feast. So I want to vote one of the first», — told RIA Novosti one of the voters.

On the eve of the High electoral Commission at a press briefing in Erbil said that the right to vote have more than 3 million people. Will work 6 846 thousand polling stations and 1737 committees.

On 25 September in Kurdistan scheduled a referendum on independence, which is categorically against Baghdad, and many countries of the world.

Iraqi Kurdistan is the unofficial name of the Kurdish Autonomous region, which has the status of broad autonomy within Iraq, is legally enshrined in the Constitution. The region is the area with the resettlement of ethnic Kurds in the provinces of Dahuk, Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the North and North-Eastern Iraq.

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