Iraq to hold postponed provincial polls in July
Baghdad: Iraq's cabinet decided on Tuesday to hold provincial elections that were postponed in two provinces on July 4, a government statement said.
Iraq said the polls in Anbar and Nineveh provinces were postponed because security could not be ensured. All other provinces except the three that make up the autonomous Kurdistan region voted on Saturday.
If the security situation in the two provinces improves, the date for the polls will be reviewed, the statement added.
Iraqi forces were responsible for security on polling day, the first time they have been in charge without support from American or other international forces during elections since Saddam Hussein was toppled in a 2003 US-led invasion.
The lead-up to the vote was blighted by a rise in violence that left an average of 20 people dead per day in the six days before the vote, but security forces held unrest to a much lower level on Saturday, with three people killed and two wounded in attacks.