Iraq elections face delay

An Iraqi man holds up an ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the country's provincial elections in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. Polls opened Saturday under extremely tight security against driving bans in major cities and searches of all voters. The election is considered an important test of Iraq's stability after nearly six years of conflict. There was no reports of serious violence in the hours before the polls opened. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

November 24, 2009 7:37:07 AM PST
Iraq cannot hold a national vote scheduled for January on time, Iraq's election panel said Tuesday, even as a vice president signaled he would again veto an election law in a dispute whose roots lie in Iraq's ethnic and sectarian divisions.