Iraq.. The Electoral Commission begins after winning the appeals annex, and a new parliamentary bloc announces its formation
Today, Thursday, the Independent High Electoral Commission announced the start of the appeals annex, at a time when it set the date for announcing the final results of the elections. Meanwhile, independents who won the recent elections, according to preliminary results, announced the inauguration of the “Independent People’s Bloc”, stressing their rejection of political quotas.
A member of the media team of the Electoral Commission, Imad Jamil Mohsen, said, in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that the appeals annex will start from today, Thursday, and it is hoped that it will continue for 5 days, indicating that the commission is working to complete the counting and sorting processes and the appendices of the appeals, and after that. The investigation regarding the stations is submitted to the judicial authority with appeals to decide on them, and in the absence of an appeal, it is returned to the Commission.
He added that the announcement of the final results will be after the completion of the appeals decision process and within a maximum period of 10 days.
For his part, a member of the media team of the Commission, Muhannad Mustafa, confirmed that the Commission has completed the counting and sorting process in Salah al-Din Governorate, but that there are appeals appendices that contain evidence that must be studied by the legal body in the Commission, and perhaps boxes will be opened according to what is in these appendices.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Electoral Commission announced the completion of the manual counting of the contested stations in Basra, while noting that the evidence presented in the appeals appendices in four governorates will be considered today, Thursday.
Independent Popular Bloc
In a related context, the “Independent People’s Bloc” announced the start of dialogues with other blocs with the aim of completing the restructuring of its bloc so that it would “influence political decisions in the country.” This was stated in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the statement, it was agreed between a number of winning independent candidates (the number was not specified) to form the independent popular bloc, and to choose Muhammad Anouz as a coordinator, and Sajjad Salem as its official spokesperson.
Anadolu Agency quoted the bloc’s spokesman, Sajjad Salem, as saying that the bloc began dialogues with other political blocs and independents in the Iraqi parliament, with the aim of including them in the bloc to be influential in the political decision within the parliament.
He pointed out that dialogues are currently taking place with the New Generation and Extension Movement blocs. He stressed that the bloc will not participate in the next government if it is based on political quotas.
The Emtlad bloc (which emanated from the popular protests) won 9 seats, and the New Generation Movement, the Kurdish opposition bloc, got the same number.
According to the bloc’s statement, it will be open to the winning candidates, groups and individuals, regardless of national, religious and sectarian affiliation, and joining it will be in accordance with work mechanisms that foster full participation in its political decision.
The bloc will also adopt building a state of citizenship, rejecting the quota approach, carrying out the tasks of effective oversight and sober legislation, combating financial and administrative corruption, defending citizens’ rights to national wealth, and preserving independent national decision, according to the statement.
In the meantime, the sit-ins of the supporters of the parties objecting to the results of the legislative elections continue for the 16th consecutive day in front of one of the entrances to the Green Zone in the center of the capital, Baghdad, to demand the re-counting and sorting manually or canceling and re-conducting the results.
According to the preliminary results of the elections, the Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr topped 73 out of 329 seats. While the Taqaddam bloc led by dissolved Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi won 38 seats, followed by the State of Law bloc led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki with 34 seats, while the independents won on 40 seats.
The formation of the government requires the presence of a parliamentary bloc or coalition that includes more than half of the parliament’s members, to ensure that the government is given confidence.