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Iraq.. The Electoral Commission ends the consideration of the appeals and their appendices, and these are its next steps

The Commission confirmed that the results were identical, except for the invalid papers, as it found that very few of them were found to be valid papers through visual audit.


The Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq announced today, Monday, the completion of the procedures for examining the appeals and their appendices, and the accompanying audit and review of the contested stations, counting and sorting them manually, while noting that the results of checking all the ballot papers in the contested stations match.

The Commission stated in a statement that “the number of appeals was up to 1,436 stab wounds distributed over the Iraqi provinces,” noting that it began checking the stations, counting them and sorting them manually, from which evidence was presented within the appeals appendix of the 87 stab wounds from Thursday to Sunday, bringing the total that was counted And his sorting of stations is 4324, which consists of 2188 stations in the stage of reviewing appeals, and 2136 in the stage of examining the evidence of appeals appendices.

The Commission indicated – according to the statement – that “the appeals submitted were based on multiple reasons to ensure conformity of the results or lack of conviction in the results of the vote,” explaining that “the Central Committee and the supporting committees took the necessary measures to end the appeals file, and all ballot papers in the contested stations have been checked. “.

She stressed that “the results were identical, except for the invalid papers, where the committee found that very few of them were found to be valid papers through visual audit,” pointing out that “the necessary measures were taken regarding the invalid papers in accordance with the procedures and regulations, and they were presented to the Board of Commissioners, which in turn raised them.” to the Judicial Authority for Elections to have its say.

The Electoral Commission confirmed earlier that the names of the winning candidates will be announced immediately after the judiciary decides on the latest appeals, with the names explicitly mentioned and the lists to which they belong, and then sent to the Federal Court for ratification, after which the President of the Republic within a period of 15 days invites Parliament to hold its first session.

The Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr topped the parliamentary elections after winning 73 seats, while the Alliance of Progress led by dissolved Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and the independents won 38 seats each, the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki 35 seats, the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani 33, and the coalition Al-Fateh led by Hadi al-Amiri 16 seats, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan 16 seats, the Azm alliance led by Khamis al-Khanjar 12 seats, the Emtada movement close to the protesters 9 seats, and the New Generation Movement also 9 seats. Thus, the Sadrist bloc will be the largest bloc in Parliament, but it does not have the majority in it. It may take a long time to choose a prime minister and the formation of political blocs and alliances in the new parliament.

The Commission’s announcement of the procedures for considering appeals and their appendices comes at a time when hundreds of supporters of what is known as the coordinating framework of the Shiite forces rejecting the results of the elections continue to sit for the third week at one of the gates of the Green Zone, but it developed last Friday into confrontations with the security forces when the protesters tried to storm that area, which includes Government headquarters, including the High Elections Commission and foreign embassies, especially the United States Embassy.

A demonstrator was killed after being shot, according to a security source, and 125 others were wounded, “most of them from the security forces” – according to the Ministry of Health – as a result of those clashes, while a source in the Hezbollah Brigades (one of the Popular Mobilization factions) said that at least two demonstrators were killed.

The day after, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi survived at dawn yesterday, Sunday, a failed assassination attempt with 3 booby-trapped drones, two of which were shot down, according to the Ministry of Interior, followed by an intense security deployment in the vicinity of the Green Zone (central Baghdad), amid widespread local and international condemnation of the assassination attempt.

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