Iraq is gearing up for key parliamentary elections on Saturday, some five months after declaring victory over the Islamic State Group.Christians in Mosul Town say hope for more rights in next assembly

Iraqi troops, police, prisoners and hospital patients began voting two days ahead of a parliamentary election.Special voting has been arranged for groups not able to cast ballots in Saturday’s poll, including nearly one million-strong security forces assigned to protect voting stations.

The commission has opened 499 polling Centres for special voting across Iraq.The main contenders in the election are current Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Shi’ite militia leader Hadi Al-Amiri and former premier Nuri Al-Maliki.