Peter Hoskin

Voter turnout is still higher in Iraq than in the UK

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Ok, so it's down on the 75 percent achieved in 2005, but it's still striking – encouraging, even – that voter turnout was at 62 percent for the recent Iraqi general elections.  That's higher than the 61.4 percent for the last UK general election, and, lest it need saying, we didn't have to deal with deadly bomb and mortar attacks.

With the "chasm" between voters and the political class as it is, in this country, you suspect that our turnout figures will be even smaller this time around.