Thousands of Iraqis make a pilgrimage to the polling station in Al Alamara, Iraq,.
An Iraqi soldier places his vote in the ballot box at the polling station in Al Alamara, Iraq, January 30, 2005, as the country holds its first elections. Iraqi officials hope for a turnout of at least 50 percent to lend legitimacy to the outcome. Officials expect preliminary results in six to seven days and final results in about 10 days. REUTERS/James Vellacott/Pool dbp