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.
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.
Some members in the Iraqi Council of Representative are seeking to pass legislation which extends their term in parliament until the recount process is over. The extension proposal has caused a lot of debate amongst politicians and parliamentarians.
After voter fraud allegations regarding the results of the May Parliamentary Elections in Iraq, the Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) manually recount the votes in contested areas.
Weeks after the Iraqi Parliament passed an amendment to the Iraqi Voter law demanding a full recount and cancellation of the IDP and expat votes, the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court has announced that it supports a manual recount of all votes but rejects the cancellation of IDP and expat votes.
On Monday, May 28th the Iraqi Council of Representatives held a session to discuss the May election results. The non-binding resolution that resulted, called for the rejection of Iraqi expat voters and IDPs and a manual recount in Kirkuk.