Iraq Has Controversy With The Butterfly Ballot

Iraq Has Controversy With The Butterfly Ballot: The Iraqi general election in which Saddam Hussein allegedly received almost 100% of the vote has been rocked by a scandal in the southern province of An Najaf where a controversial “butterfly ballot” resulted in about 1800 votes in favor of “my own execution.” Election officials blamed the faulty ballot but say they will honor the results of the election as submitted.

Hussein’s campaign has promised election reform. In order to prevent such errors in future elections, election officials will assume all the votes are for Hussein unless write-ins for other choices are received. The write-in forms specify the voter, his location, his work, and a list of all the relatives he likes best.

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