Kousha noted that the vote on independence is not just a domestic issue, but could spark further fighting among Kurds and the central governments in Syria and Turkey, which could lead to a broader regional war.
The final results would be announced within 72 hours.
Kurds showed off their ink-stained fingers as they left polling stations on September 25, showing they had voted.
The disputed areas are the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, as well as parts of Nineveh, Diyala and Salaheddin provinces.
In Sulaimaniyah, second city of the autonomous region, 40-year-old Diyar Omar came to cast his vote also wearing traditional clothes.
A total of 12,072 polling stations have opened at 8:00 local time (0500 GMT) Monday where more than 5.3 million are eligible to vote.
The referendum has been condemned by the USA, Iran, Turkey and a number of other countries, as well as the countries of the Arab League.
The referendum today was proceeding peacefully but there were fears of potential unrest, especially after lawmakers in Baghdad demanded that troops be sent to disputed areas where voting was taking place.
The Turkish leader hinted at barring Iraqi Kurds from exporting gas via Turkey, saying "We own the valve".
Erdogan vowed not to allow a "terror state" to be established along the border with Turkey, Xinhua reported.
"We stress again that we will take all measures arising from global law and the Turkish parliament's authority in the face of every kind of threat to our national security in Iraq generally", it said. The foreign ministry in Tehran said its land border with Iraqi Kurdistan remained opened however, reversing an earlier statement.
Kurdish-led regions in Syria held elections for community leaders on Friday, the first in a three-phase vote that will culminate in the election of a parliament and the establishment of a federal system of government.
Iraq, Turkey, Iran, the USA, and the United Nations have all spoken out against the KRG referendum, saying it will only distract from the ongoing fight against Daesh and further destabilize the region.
Pakistan is now "Terroristan', with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism", India said. Ms Swaraj had certain uncomfortable questions for the United Nations and global community as well.
But the Alaves substitute's stab under Navas bounced away off the frame of the goal again and Madrid escaped with the points. The first of Ceballos' goals came in the 10th minute after a brilliant cut back on the edge of the box from Marco Asensio .
On average, Target employs 160 team members per store and offers them career planning and development opportunities. The increases will apply to the 100,000 seasonal workers employed in Target's 1,800 stores.
FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said his squad will face Girona this weekend determined to maintain its flawless record. As reported by Marca , Alba said: "The coach is managing the squad to perfection, we are all getting a chance to play".
Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Manchester United clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. The Chelsea manager urged Morata to keep the good work going following his first hat-trick for the club.
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Department of Homeland Security officials notified the state Friday that Oklahoma was one of the targeted states. He says Russian President Vladimir Putin "vehemently denied" the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.
United States president Donald Trump did not take kindly to the Golden State Warriors' hesitation in visiting the White House . It wasn't clear if Trump meant the invitation was withdrawn for Curry or for the entire team.
Sensex falls 243 points, Nifty near 10050
The broader Nifty fell by 144.80 points, or 1.43 percent to 9,977.10 after moving in range of 10,095.05 and 9,963.25. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index fell 362.85 points or 2.27 percent to settle at 15,609.89.
North Korea triggers 2018 Winter Olympics security scare
However, athletes bound for the Games so far have expressed little concern over safety, according to worldwide federation chiefs. The UN has adopted "Olympic truce" resolutions since 1993 as a way of honoring the games' original goal of promoting peace.
IOS 11 causes ActiveSync and image issues with Windows PCs
As part of the iOS 11 update , Apple mandated that developers must give app users greater control over when location is tracked. Those who have downloaded iOS 11 in the early days since it was released have reported huge problems with the update .