Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Iraq parliament orders full election recount

Iraq parliament orders full election recount

The Iraqi parliament on Wednesday voted for a manual recount of nationwide elections held last month.

In a majority vote on Wednesday, the Iraqi Parliament chose to freeze the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), assigning nine judges to run the commission to facilitate a manual recount of votes for the entire elections process across Iraq.

A total of 172 parliamentarians attended the session presided by Salim al-Jubouri, the parliament speaker.

Iraq's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial council, had said this week that the courts could not force the IHEC to conduct a manual recount because the law stipulated the use of electronic vote-counting devices.

MPs say the recount is meant to "correct the result" of the vote, but exactly how long it's going to take to manually recount all 11 million votes is unclear.

He said the Cabinet approved the recommendations of the commission, which is made up of the heads of five security and oversight agencies as well as the head of an anti-corruption agency.

The blasts occurred when unidentified terrorists detonated two bombs planted near a mosque used by the Shiite community in Baghdad's Sadr City district, Lieutenant Khalil Al-Ziyab said.

Despite entering the election as the apparent frontrunner, al-Abadi's al-Nasr coalition faltered in the poll, coming in third with only 42 seats.

At least 14 persons were killed and over 90 others wounded in an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Wednesday, according to an official. The explosions also damaged several nearby houses.

Abadi's stance raises the prospect of further uncertainty in Iraq at a time when political blocs were starting the complicated process of forming a new government, watched closely by Baghdad's Western allies.

Abadi has meanwhile called for criminal investigations and has banned election officials from traveling overseas without his approval.

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