Nabil Haithem, 22, tea house worker
"I am very happy with the elections. Of course I am voting and I am voting for Allawi. He is our man. He is a strong man that the Iraqis need. All this violence will end when a strong Iraqi government is elected.
"I am very proud that, for the first time in our history - in Iraq and the Arab world, free democratic elections are taking place."