Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani (C) and his wife Nabila (L), cast their vote for the Kurdish independence referendum at a hotel in Arbil on September 25, 2017. (AFP Photo)
BAGHDAD, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The electoral commission supervising the independence referendum said Tuesday that initial results have shown that 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds support Kurdistan independence from Iraq, Alsumaria News reported.
Alsumaria news quoted the independent commission as saying that while vote counting was still running, initial results show that 93 percent of voters support independence, compared to 6.71 percent objecting.
Those are the results achieved after counting 282,000 ballots, according to the commission.
A representative of the commission said, however, that results can still change as the counting continues, with results slated for announcement on Thursday.
It said nearly 3.3 million voters took part in the polls, putting turnout at an estimated 72.16 percent.
On Monday, Kurds headed to polling stations to attend the polls rejected by the Iraqi central government, the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran.