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Iraq: Partial recount of votes to be held in Baghdad

June 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

An Iraqi man casts his vote at a polling station for the Iraqi parliamentary election in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on May 12, 2018 [Feriq Fereç / Anadolu Agency]

A committee of judges tasked with running Iraq’s High Electoral Commission said yesterday that votes will be recounted only in the areas where allegations of fraud have been made in official reports, Reuters reported.

Ballot boxes for the areas in question will be transferred to Baghdad where UN representatives will oversee the manual recount, the commissioners said. The exact location and time of the recount has not been decided, they added.

Iraq’s parliamentary election on 12 May was marred by low turnout and allegations of fraud.

manual recount of some votes is to take place after allegations that electronic vote-counting equipment was misused. Parliament has replaced the leaders of the election commission with judges.

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