Iraqi men carry a big election campaign poster following the closure of polls in Iraq's parliamentary election, on April 30, 2014 in Baghdad. AFP PHOTO/PRASHANT RAO
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Minutes after polls closed in Iraq's parliamentary election and vote counting began, another operation quietly shifted into gear -- scavengers began tearing down election posters across Baghdad.Motivated neither by malice nor by politics, the relatively poor Iraqis were trying to grab as many of the giant-sized iron frames on which the posters were displayed as possible, either to recycle or to sell on.More than 9,000 candidates ran nationwide in the parliamentary elections on 277 electoral blocs, all competing for 328 parliamentary seats with more than 20 million voters casting ballots.More candidates than in previous elections had used massive iron frames to stand up brightly coloured campaign posters on squares and streets across the capital.Many poor Iraqis had been eyeing the frames for weeks, either to improve their makeshift accommodation or to sell on to willing buyers.
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