Iraq parliament orders manual recount of votes in May election

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Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday for a manual recount of the legislative elections held on May 12 and ordered the freeze of the electoral commission and to assign nine judges to run the count instead.

After several failed attempts because of a lack of quorum, 173 parliamentary members of the 382 seats, voted to hold a manual recount of 25 percent of votes which amount to 11 million votes in response to charges of electoral fraud.


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The Iraqi government banned members in the electoral commission from traveling abroad until a full investigation is held into the fraud claims is concluded.

The parliament welcomed the government decision to investigate the claims, pointing out that these measures will fasten the steps to form a new government and provide stability for the Iraqis.

On Tuesday, Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said a commission looking into alleged irregularities in last month's national elections has found “dangerous violations” a development that could prolong the process of forming a new government.

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