FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2004
Hilary F. White
DEMOCRACY CENTER CONDUCTS ELECTIONS
Hilla, Babil Province, Iraq. The Democracy Center in Babil Province recently
held democratic elections. Those elected will hold leadership positions within
the Center and will represent the Center at the Regional Democracy Center.
Sheikhs and community leaders in Babil Province use the Democracy Center as a
place to discuss relevant issues and to learn about democracy. They are
participating in a free, democratic Iraq and represent tribes throughout Babil
Some of those democratically elected at the Democracy Center will represent the
Center at the Regional Democracy Center. More than 3,000 people attended the
opening of the Regional Democracy Center on March 8, 2004. The Regional
Democracy Center, which represents the cornerstone of democracy for south
central Iraq, includes sheikhs, tribal leaders, community leaders, farmers, men,
women, widows, and students. These groups work together at the Regional
Democracy Center to learn about democracy and to promote democratic principles
throughout south central Iraq, an area that includes 12 million people and is
approximately half the size of Iraq.
Learning about freedom and responsibility are essential as Iraqis participate in
a free Iraq. The Democracy Center elections show Iraqis determined to move
toward a sovereign and democratic Iraq.