Iraqi election officials say half voted in Sunni-dominated Anbar, only 38 percent in Ninevah

Iraqi electoral officials say turnout in delayed provincial elections in two Sunni-dominated provinces was roughly the same as the national average in one — but significantly less in another.

Much of Iraq voted for provincial council members on April 20 in the country's first election since the U.S. military withdrawal. But officials delayed elections in Anbar and Ninevah provinces until Thursday because of what they said were security concerns.

Electoral officials have said the overall turnout for the April vote was 51 percent — the same as during the last provincial elections in 2009.

Independent High Electoral Commission member Muqdad al-Shuraifi said Friday that 50 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the western province of Anbar, while only 38 percent voted in the northern province of Ninevah.