UNITED NATIONS, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the parliamentary elections in Iraq and called on all political entities in the Middle East country to work together to form a new government that represents the will of all the Iraqi people.
"The members of the Security Council welcome the holding of timely parliamentary elections in Iraq on 30 April, and commend the people of Iraq for demonstrating their commitment to a peaceful, inclusive and democratic political process," the Security Council said in a statement read out here by Nigerian permanent representative to the United Nations U. Joy Ogwu, who holds the rotating council presidency for the month of April.
"The members look forward to the announcement of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) certifying the election results, and express their appreciation to the IHEC and the Government of Iraq, including the Iraqi Security Forces, for their dedicated work in preparing and conducting these elections, supported by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) ," the statement said.
Iraqis went to the polls on Wednesday in the parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country ended in late 2011. More than 8,000 voting centers across the country opened their doors at 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) and were scheduled to close at 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT).