Politics & Economics

IHEC Rejects Iraqi Parliament’s Decision Regarding Election Results

Iraq

The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have rejected the Iraqi Parliament's request for a manual recount of 10% of the votes and the rejecting of IDP and expat votes. IHEC officials stated that only the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court has the power to cancel results. 

The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission on Thursday (May 31) rejected the parliament’s decision asking for manual recounts and rejecting the votes of the diaspora and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Iraqi parliament voted for manual recounts of 10 percent of votes across the country and rejected thevotes of the Iraqi diaspora and those of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in a non-binding resolution on Monday (May 28).

Head of the Managing Elections Office in the Electoral Commission Ryaz Badran said the results of the electronic system and the ballot boxes were the same.

Badran added votes from 1021 polling stations, most of which were votes from the diaspora, had been cancelled. A total of 411 polling stations of the IDPs were also cancelled.

There were a total of 493 polling stations for internally displaced people, according to the electoral commission.

“We assure everybody that everything has been good technically. Results of the electronic system and the ballot boxes are the same, and there is no difference,” Badran said.

The official further said that the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court has the power to cancel the results of the election.

The electoral commission said it had received 1,875 complaints from candidates and the lists against the election results.

The judiciary will go through the complaints in 10 days and the final results of the election will be published in the official Gazette.

The Change Movement (Gorran) and the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) on Thursday appealed to the electoral commission against the results of the parliamentary election held on May 12.

Iraq’s electoral commission introduced an electronic voting and counting to eliminate electoral fraud during the parliamentary election held on May 12. Several parties, however, complained about the new system, calling for manual counting of votes.

The Iraqi parliamentary elections saw a 44 percent of voter turnout on May 12.

Around 10 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the election. Nearly 24 million Iraqis were eligible to cast their votes to elect members of parliament, who will in turn elect the Iraqi President and Prime Minister.

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Article: NRT