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Asked in terms of the numbers and seniority of those getting killed in Iraq with the situation seemingly getting worse would the election really be a cut off point for the violence the PMOS said that he did not get into the business of prediction except to say that it was always anticipated a situation where the terrorists would do their utmost to stop the democratic election process. What would be different after the elections was that the new Iraqi Government would have a democratically elected authority and that democratic authority would be based on establishing a full working democracy in Iraq. The alternative offered by the terrorists was precisely the reverse. The UN, when the Prime Minister visited, were very clear that in their view the people of Iraq in all areas and in all backgrounds wanted a vote and would use that vote. Asked how concerned the Government was at the prospect of the Sunnis not turning up and what lack of turnout would constitute a lack of legitimacy the PMOS again referred to the views of the UN that all constituent parts of Iraq did want to vote. He would not get into a hypothetical debate about turnout but the important part was to ensure that all elements of Iraqi society were allowed a vote.

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