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Technology firm Indra wins contract for Iraq elections

Spanish company to issue 22 million ID chips to electorate before 2014 ballot

Spanish technology company Indra has won the tender to organize the 2014 general elections in Iraq, the first to be held since the withdrawal of the US-led coalition. The contract, which is worth around 130 million euros, was conceded by the country's High Electoral Commission after studying bids by the leading sector companies in the world.

Due to the relative inexperience of Iraq in democratic elections, Indra will implement electronic and biometric systems to register voters. This will consist of the issue of 22 million ID chips with voter details recorded on them. The Iraqi vice president, Khodair al-Khozaei, announced last week that the ballot will be held on April 30 after parliament approved a new electoral law.

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