The residents of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah to celebrate the end of referendum on independence

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Vinogradova in photosangelina posters calling to come to the polling stations to vote in the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan from Baghdad, on the hill near the citadel in Erbil. 23 September 2017The residents of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah to celebrate the end of referendum on independence© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradova to the photobank

The inhabitants of the cities of Iraqi Kurdistan took to the streets, celebrating the end of the referendum, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

In the center of Erbil crowded citizens include the national music and dance. Cars decorated with Kurdish flags, campaign posters and portraits of the President of autonomy Massoud Barzani. In the hands of many holding flags.

Other cars just drive around the city and buzzing.

According to reports in social networks, similar to the emotions expressed and the residents of Sulaymaniyah, the second largest city of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Meanwhile, the work of polling stations was extended by an hour to 19.00. According to preliminary data, in elections have taken part more than 80% of voters.

According to the Higher independent Commission, the right to vote had 5.2 million voters. Were open 6846 polling stations and 1737 committees. In the vote involved not only the province of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, officially included in the Kurdish Autonomous region, but also areas outside it — in particular, in the provinces of Kirkuk, Ninawa, Salah ad-DIN. In addition, the votes received via online voting from the Kurds living outside Iraq.