Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Iraq to manually recount parliamentary election ballots

В Ираке произошел мощный взрыв погибло 18 человек At least 18 killed, 90 wounded in Baghdad explosion – police sources
Jeannette Daniel | 11 June, 2018, 03:13

Iraqi security officials say a pair of explosions has ripped through a mosque in a mostly Shiite district in Baghdad, killing and wounding civilians including two children. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts.

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.

"But everything really seemed to kick in yesterday when Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi endorsed the findings and the recommendation of a ministerial committee and alleged that there were "dangerous violations" in the election".

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday there was "unprecedented" violations.

The PM said he had initially been in favor of moving forward with the political process after the election because Iraq had a history of electoral irregularities that were usually worked out.

More news: Ballot box blaze: Baghdad’s largest voting warehouse goes up in flames

The vast, working-class district is a stronghold of his supporters, who battled United States troops in the years after the 2003 invasion.

The death toll from twin blasts on a mosque in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to at least 16 people, and the number of wounded to 35, security officials who wished to remain anonymous, said. It was not clear what triggered the explosions that destroyed or damaged 20 homes.

Sadr City is a stronghold of populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won in the country's parliamentary election last month.

May's election was the first time Iraq's ballots were counted electronically and not by hand.

Al-Abadi called for criminal investigations, and banned election officials from traveling overseas without his approval.

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