How profound that people are able to vote and will do so under a constant fear for their own safety. I admire the courage of Iraq's voters.
36 DIE IN BLASTS AS IRAQIS GO TO POLLS ; Election day terror across Baghdad
By Mark McGivern
REBELS bombed a polling station and threw grenades at voters in Iraq yesterday, killing 36 people.
The attacks were meant to disrupt an election that will determine whether the country can overcome the sectarian divisions that have plagued it since 2003.
Many Iraqis hope it will lead to national reconciliation as the US prepares to withdraw combat forces by late summer and all troops by the end of next year.
Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is fighting for his political future with challenges from mainly Shia religious groups on one side and a secular alliance combining Shias and Sunnis on the other.
Police reported at least 20 mortar attacks in the mainly Sunni district of Azamiyah in north Baghdad early yesterday.