The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has announced that it has completed the manual recount of the votes from the country's May parliamentary elections. Many hope that this will speed the creation of the new government after months of political deadlock in Iraq.
Iraq’s election commission has completed a manual recount of votes from a parliamentary election held in May after the process was cut short in Baghdad, state television said on Monday.
However, a fire that broke out in the warehouse where the votes were stored had made a complete recount impossible, leading the electoral commission to cancel it the remaining half of the capital, the state broadcaster said.
The commission’s leadership had been suspended and replaced with a panel of judges who oversaw the recount.
The winning parties are currently embroiled in negotiations over forming the next governing coalition.
The political uncertainty has fueled tensions at a time when public impatience is growing over poor basic services, unemployment and the slow pace of rebuilding after a three-year war with Islamic State which cost tens of billions of dollars.