Referendum officials count ballots at a voting station in Erbil on Mondy. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Kurdistan election body’s website was targeted by cyber attackers more than a hundred thousand times, but all attempts were thwarted.
Ismael Khurmali, an official of the Kurdistan Higher Independent Election Commission and Referendum Commission (IHREC), told Rudaw on Tuesday morning that “the website was targeted by hackers more than 129,000 times. But, fortunately none of them were successful.”
He said most of the reported cyberattacks originated from Germany followed by Iraq, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
He added the provision of e-voting system for Kurds living in diaspora was not easy for them, but they managed to do it with the help of the company Euro Soft.
Because Iraq refused to allow Kurds in diaspora to cast paper ballots abroad, the commission established the e-voting system.
E-voting started on Saturday and continued through Monday evening (Erbil time). Registration began on September 1.
In the diaspora, 98,945 people were eligible to vote in the Kurdistan Region’s referendum, according to statistics
provided by the commission’s spokesperson on Monday.
Results of the referendum continue to trickle in
after high voter turnout. Polls closed at 7 p.m. on Monday and the commission said official results will be available within 72 hours.