What will the Iraq elections achieve?
Polls have closed in the second parliamentary elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Will this poll bring change?
The voter turnout in Iraq's general elections was 62%, officials said, down from the 75% who voted in the 2005 general elections. Preliminary results are not expected for several days but Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's State of Law Coalition is widely expected to win the most seats.
The elections are being seen as a crucial test for Iraq's national reconciliation process ahead of a planned US military withdrawal in stages.
What will the elections achieve? Is Iraq ready to move away from sectarian violence? If you are in Iraq, what is the atmosphere like at the polls?