Low turnout in oil-rich Iraq’s early election

Preliminary turnout figures Monday showed many citizens boycotted Iraq’s parliamentary election, held a year early to appease protestors, in an oil-rich country riddled by corruption and beholden to armed factions.

The figure marks the lowest turnout in the five elections since long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003.

The previous low was recorded in 2018, when 44.5 percent of eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots.