An estimated one million Iraqis around the world have begun registering to vote for elections in Iraq on the 30th of January. Registration began in 14 countries and continues until the 23rd. There are three registration centres in the United Kingdom, one of them at a conference hall near Wembley stadium in London. The UK has 150,000 Iraqi voters – the largest Iraqi population in Europe.
Some worry they will not have sufficient documents to prove their link with Iraq. Most said the vote was the first chance they would have to participate in the democratic process. One of the people registering was Abdullah Muhsin, an Iraqi Trade Union spokesman said: “I’m a 50-year-old man and this is the first time I have voted as an Iraqi so of course it is very important and a very good day in my life. I’m glad that I have the chance to vote.” Iraqis also lined up in Berlin where there are 11,000 exiles. It is thought 60,000 Iraqis in Germany will be eligible to vote, they have the choice of registering in Berlin, Cologne, Munich or Mannheim.