Officials suggest that the turnout of voters in the Iraq elections has surpassed the 57% that had been expected, despite the threat of violence. Preliminary figures indicated 72 percent of the 14 million registered voters had turned out even three hours before polls closed.
You can read Husayn’s feelings about this day at Democracy in Iraq (is here!).
The reports I’ve seen appear to show citizens overcome with the joy of being able to make their voices heard.