The Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq recommended that the majority of appeals be dismissed for not meeting the conditions, while the forces rejecting the results gave the commission 72 hours to return what it called "stolen votes."

Meanwhile, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned against dragging the country into chaos.

A member of the media team of the Iraqi Electoral Commission, Imad Jamil, told Al Jazeera that the commission had considered 816 appeals out of a total of 1,436.

He added that the Board of Commissioners of the Electoral Commission recommended the dismissal of 790 appeals for not meeting the conditions, evidence and evidence, and accepted only 26 appeals.

Jamil confirmed that accepting this number of appeals means that the commission will recount and manually count more than 300 polling stations, most of them in the governorates of Baghdad, Basra, Salah al-Din and Nineveh, and he expected that all appeals will be considered on Monday.


stolen voices

The Organizing Committee of the sit-ins of Iraqi political parties' supporters, rejecting the results of the recent legislative elections, gave the Electoral Commission 72 hours from last Friday evening, to retrieve what it described as the stolen votes.

The committee warned - in a statement - that the protesters will take the measures they deem appropriate to recover their looted right, and called on its masses for what it called stationing and steadfastness.

The committee called on the United Nations to withdraw and replace the head of its mission in Iraq, which it accuses of interfering in the election results, according to the statement.

Supporters of the Iraqi factions rejecting the election results - for the sixth day in a row - continue their sit-in near the Green Zone in Baghdad, amid strict security measures.

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the protesters insisted on their demands to recount and recount the votes manually, or to cancel and repeat the elections.

A number of protesters had advanced last night towards the Green Zone gate, which houses the government and parliament headquarters and foreign missions, including the US embassy.

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the protesters were stationed near the first line of the security forces at the entrance to the Green Zone, without recording any friction between the two parties.

The authorities have imposed strict security measures in the vicinity of the Green Zone and at its entrances, in anticipation of any emergency.

Al-Amiri was surprised by the Security Council’s welcome of the outcomes of the electoral process in Iraq (Reuters)

open position

The "Al-Fatah" coalition led by Hadi Al-Amiri expressed surprise at the statement issued by the UN Security Council, in which it welcomed the outcomes of the electoral process in Iraq.

The coalition, which is one of the most prominent objectors to the results of the legislative elections, said in a statement, "We were surprised by the statement of the Security Council, which congratulated the success of the elections before the legal challenges were resolved, despite the many objections from the majority of political forces and candidates."

The coalition added in its statement that what happened takes the international organization and its mission out of neutrality, and raises questions about its role in what happened and is taking place, especially since international and local observers - especially the European Union mission - recorded many violations on the day of the elections and the announcement of the results.

For his part, the security official of the Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq, Abu Ali al-Askari, described the legislative elections that took place on the tenth of this month as an international conspiracy in which local parties contributed, he said.

Al-Askari called for expanding the protests rejecting the election results to include all cities of the country. He also criticized the Security Council's statement regarding it, describing it as notorious, as he put it.

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chest warns

Meanwhile, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned against dragging the country into chaos and threatening civil peace, because of what he described as not being convinced by the results of the parliamentary elections.

And he added - in a tweet on Twitter - that the Security Council's support for the election results gives hope for the acquiescence of the parties claiming fraud in that democratic process.

Al-Sadr called not to pressure the Electoral Commission or the work of the judiciary and the Federal Court, or to interfere in their work.

determination and progress

On the other hand, the "Azm" coalition led by Khamis al-Khanjar announced that it was waiting for a real solution to what it called the many indicators that accompanied the announcement of the results of the legislative elections.

The coalition stated - in a statement to its spokesman - that it is in the process of establishing understandings with the "Progress" coalition, led by former Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, to contest the next stage's benefits.

The statement stated that these understandings have reached advanced stages, and are mainly related to the reconstruction of areas recovered from ISIS.

Regarding the formation of the next government, the spokesman stressed the alliance's openness to the rest of the winning alliances, and studying all the ideas put forward.

Al-Dari called on the forces and parties that boycotted the elections for unity and coordination to confront the political process (Al-Jazeera)

Muslim Scholars Association

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq said that the participation rate in the legislative elections was the lowest since 2003. Muthanna Al-Dari, the political department official in the committee, said that the low voter turnout reflects the Iraqis' rejection of the elections and the existing political system, considering that this confirms the catastrophic failure of these elections, And the prevailing impression of international frustration supporting it.

Al-Dari called on the forces and parties that boycotted the elections to unite and coordinate, to confront the political process and its militias, as he put it.

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