The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission announced yesterday that it had rejected 174 appeals and accepted seven more from candidates and political parties after the election results were announced.
IHEC said in a statement that a total of 181 appeals had been submitted to the Board of Commissioners, noting that upon completion of the necessary investigative procedures in the light of the evidence and recommendations presented, the council has rejected 174 appeals and accepted seven more as supported by evidence supported. “
“Against this background, the controversial broadcasters will be opened in the context of these appeals and in accordance with Article 38 of the Act,” emphasized IHEC, adding that the results “are manually sorted and counted in the presence of representatives of the competing candidates”. . “
The statement went on to say that the “dates, procedures and mechanisms” would be “set later”.
A group of political coalitions recently protested the election result, calling it a “fraud”. Other armed groups have threatened to “take escalating steps unless the election results are counted manually”.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi then called on the parties to “adhere to legal procedures and the peaceful path”.
“The main task of the security forces is to ensure the freedom of expression of the citizens, provided there is no violation of the law,” he said.
According to the preliminary results, the Sadr block around Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr received the highest number of seats with 73 out of a possible 329 seats. A coalition does not have to be formed to secure the 165 seats for the formation of the government.