The Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq said that the manual recounting of a number of electoral centers will end within the next two days, expecting to make some change in the preliminary results of the legislative elections, while the president of the country and the head of the Judicial Council called on all parties to avoid the escalation resulting from strong skepticism. with election results.

The Iraqi News Agency quoted the Electoral Commission as saying that the counting and sorting operations are still ongoing, and will be completed within the next two days, which started last Wednesday.

The commission explained that the electoral centers whose votes have not been counted so far may make a change in the announced preliminary results of the parliamentary elections that were held last Sunday.

The recounting operations include more than 3,000 polling stations in order to match the results of the manual recount with the results of the electronic counting system.

The Commission stressed that it is not responsible for the interpretation of the results announced, especially the number of seats obtained by the electoral alliances.

Election complaints

Today, Friday, Hassanein Laith, head of the complaints department at the commission, said that the commission had received 356 complaints regarding the special and general polls for the early parliamentary elections. The vast majority of voters.


The Director of the Legal Department in the Complaints and Appeals Department of the Commission, Ali Saeed Jassim, told the Iraqi News Agency, that the Commission will issue decisions on complaints within 7 days, and then announce the final results after the resolution of the appeals.

Yesterday, Thursday, the commission announced the end of a 3-day period for receiving complaints about the legislative elections.

Last Monday, the commission published the names of the winners of the elections on its website, without referring to the political blocs they represented in elections with a participation rate of 41%, the lowest since 2005. Based on the names of the winners, the official agency stated that the Sadrist bloc topped the results with 73 seats out of 329, while the Progress bloc, led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, won 38 seats.

The State of Law bloc led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came in third place with 37 seats.

Iraqi forces and parties objected to the preliminary results, led by the Al-Fateh Alliance led by Hadi Al-Amiri, and the alliance includes political arms of armed factions close to Iran.

fast processors

The "Azm" electoral alliance led by Khamis al-Khanjar called on the commission to urgently address what it described as the indicators that accompanied the announcement of the preliminary results.

A statement by the coalition called on the commission to provide sufficient explanations about the delay in counting the votes of thousands of stations.

The "Azm" electoral coalition led by Khamis al-Khanjar called on the commission to urgently address what it described as the indicators that accompanied the announcement of the preliminary results.

A statement by the coalition called on the commission to provide sufficient explanations about the delay in counting the votes of thousands of stations.

The coalition called on all parties to give priority to the national interest and to recount and manually count all stations, and stressed that this process be conducted in the presence of agents of political entities and international observers.

On the other hand, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zeidan, said that objecting to the results of the legislative elections is a legitimate right, and called in a joint statement on all parties to abide by calm and avoid any escalation that might affect security and stability in the country.

The statement called on all parties in the country to adopt a "responsible national position that takes into account the supreme interest of the country, a commitment to calm, the language of reason prevailing, and to avoid any escalation that might affect peace and societal security."

negotiating committee

With the controversy continuing over the results of the parliamentary elections, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced - yesterday, Thursday - the formation of a negotiating committee to discuss the possibility of making alliances to form the next government.

In another remarkable statement, the head of the Sadrist movement's political body said that the next prime minister would not necessarily be from the Sadrist movement.

It is noteworthy that Sunday’s elections were held a year ahead of their scheduled date after widespread protests in Iraq, starting from the beginning of October 2019 and lasted for more than a year, to denounce corruption, the ruling political class and the deterioration of living conditions and services. The protests overthrew the previous government led by Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late 2019 .

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