It's election day in Iraq and the Twittersphere has been abuzz with updates since the early morning.
To keep tweeps updated, a special service is up at @iraqelections where “30 correspondents from across Iraq will twitter report on election events from 10am hour by hour as they witness them on the ground.” It is a project coordinated by German media development organization MICT – Media in Cooperation and Transition.
@iraqelections urges readers to:
Follow our coverage of #iraqelections on Sunday, live here on Twitter. 40 Iraqi journalists #tweeting regular election updates!
Another announcement reads:
We're live – translations are on their way! Follows us for live tweets about the #iraqelection from inside #Iraq. Join the debate #iraq10
Updates by observers on the ground are typical of many elections around the world, except that Iraq is a special case. Bombs went off throughout the day and clashes were reported between various factions.
On @iraqelections, the reporters who toyed with Twitter did a fantastic job keeping us updated using social networking tools.
In one update, Laith reports:
From Sulaimaniya, Jamal writes:
#SULAIMANIYA, Jamal: Voting stations are closed. Press is not allowed to enter and monitor the counting of votes. #iraq10
Elsewhere on the Twittersphere, @iawia1 notes:
Today Iraq's having the most democratic election in the region.Hope it holds&be example4mideast #iranelection #iraqelection #iraq
American @jeffmeyerson is positive:
Celebrate with freedom-loving Iraqis as today they make their case for democracy. #Iraq
And Miguel Marquez, ABC News’ correspondent, sums up the day saying:
#Iraq elex: 38 killed,73 injured. Nearly 40 explosions. Still the Iraqis turned out to vote. Looks like vote cnt will be higher outside BGD