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US Iraq - WRAP Expatriate Iraqis register to vote in election
01/17/2005
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VSAP439579
NAME: US IRAQ 170105N TAPE: EF05/0057 IN_TIME: 11:20:21:09 DURATION: 00:03:50:16 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: Various - 17 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST New Carrolton, Maryland - January 17, 2005 1. Welcome sign on table near entrance of Washington-area polling centre 2. Iraqi family walks into polling centre 3. Iraqi man walks into polling centre 4. Pan from one of the registration tables to men hanging Iraqi flag 5. "Enter" sign 6. Sign instructing registrants to bring photo ID 7. Poll worker looking at a registrant's passport 8. Poll worker points the registrant towards table 9. Shot of Iraqi men at information table 10. Walking shot of polling centre 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ali Hussain, Washington-area Operations Manager, Iraq Out of Country Voting: "They're very excited. You know, this is the first time in most of their lives that they're able to vote and they're able to exercise they're rights as citizens. I believe they really want to take part in this regardless of who they vote for and/or what they know about them. They want to take part and participate in this." 12. Dr. Abdullah signing registration form, tilt up to polling security officers 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Mahdi Abdullah, Iraqi Living in New York "Basically, we've been waiting for this election for so long. We have to, we have to participate in the election, we have to use our right for election and we have to vote." 14. Iraqi man with children having his photograph taken 15. Iraqis walking around polling centre Irvine, California - January 17, 2005 16. Wide shot of registration location 17. Medium of security guards 18. Medium of security 19. Iraqi Americans arriving to register 20. Close-up of polling/registration sign 21. Wide of people registering 22. Close-up of person registering 23. Close-up of passport 24. Medium of man registering 25. Close-up of registration worker 26. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nic Kenaya, Iraqi American from San Diego: "It is history for me because for the first time I am going to vote for people that I believe are going to build democracy in Iraq." 27. Wide of people registering 28. Close-up of documents 29. Medium of Iraqi family 30. Medium as people depart 31. SOUNDBITE: (English) Al Taee Hussan, Iraqi American living in Phoenix: "al-Sistani. He's the right leader there. Everybody like Sistani. al-Sistani like peace there." 32. Camera cutaway 33. SOUNDBITE: (English) Salwa Jabaro, Iraqi American living in San Diego: "My husband's family is all there (in Iraq) so we are very worried about them. I hope they can vote too." 34. Wide of woman registering 35. Close-up of woman 36. Close-up documents 37. Iraqi family departs STORYLINE: Iraqis living in the United States registered on Monday to cast absentee ballots in their native country's national elections at the end of the month. One of the five polling stations has been set up in a hotel about 15 miles(24 kilometres) outside of Washington. After providing evidence of Iraqi nationality, those who turned up on Monday were added to registration lists and given a receipt to present when they return to vote next week. Security was tight, and those registering had to pass through a metal detector. The polling site near Washington is the only place for Iraqis living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to vote. There are four other polling stations: in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Nashville. For thousands of Iraqis in the US who want to participate in the voting process, the journey to do so is a long one. Many have to travel several hours just to register, and then return next week to vote. But for Doctor Mahdi Abdullah, who woke at 2 A-M to drive down to Washington from New York, the thrill of registering to vote for the first time in his life outweighed any difficulties in travelling. Officials from the International Centre for Migration, which is running the overseas voting for the Iraqi government, predict that roughly 22-thousand Iraqis will vote at the Washington location. Busloads were expected to arrive over the next several days from Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Organisers of the Iraqi elections in the US said that nationwide there are approximately 240-thousand Iraqis eligible to vote.
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