Amid calls for abolishing provincial councils in Iraq, provincial elections have been delayed for the second time. The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which sets up the mechanisms for the elections, was frozen up until two weeks ago.
In the midst of intensive negotiations by the winning parties in the elections to form a new government in Iraq, the Independent High Electoral Commission has completed the process of manual counting, without expecting a significant change in the results.
Officials in The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have stated that the results of the manual recount show that no fraud has taken place in over 85 ballots boxes recounted in Qadisiya Province, in Southern 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.
With no overall majority in the 2018 Iraq elections, parties are negotiating on alliances that will help them to pass the threshold for a clear mandate in Parliament. All parties have shown interest in allying themselves with, Sa'iroun, the party with the most seats, led by cleric Muqtada al Sadr.
The number of security troops allowed to take part in the special vote is 943,639.While the main polling takes place on 12 May, the “special voting” for servicemen from various branches of the military and security forces, takes place two days earlier.