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Iraq election commission says ready for vote recount

July 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

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

Iraq’s Independent Electoral Commission (IECI) announced yesterday that it has completed all procedures to manually recount all votes for the parliamentary elections held on 12 May.

The recount is due to take place today.

Commission spokesman, Laith Jabr Hamza, said the recount will be supervised by judges who had replaced commission officials after the latter were suspended over charges of failure to run the voting process.

A member of the State of the Law coalition, Mohamed Sayhod, said in remarks to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency that the recount process and the election results must be resolved quickly in order to complete forming the parliament and the government.

The Iraqi parliament decided earlier in June to recount the votes of May’s elections by hand amid allegations of fraud.

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