[size=45]Warnings of pressure to change the election results (Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP)
The Iraqi election results crisis has returned to its first square after the decision of the Judicial Authority for Elections, yesterday, Monday, to re-count and manually count polling stations whose results are contested, and to cancel the votes of entire polling stations in a number of cities Which, of course, means returning to the stage of counting, sorting and checking again, amid assurances by leaders and prominent members of the “Al-Fateh” coalition (the political wing of the Popular Mobilization) that the Electoral Commission is heading to cancel 18 percent of the total polling stations, speaking of a radical change in the current results. .
And Al-Araby Al-Jadeed learned from high-ranking sources in Baghdad, yesterday, Monday, that the Electoral Commission again summoned observers, representatives of political entities and representatives of the United Nations mission, in preparation for the start of the opening of the polling stations, whose votes were decided to be recounted and counted manually. The commission announced yesterday afternoon that it had decided to reopen 870 polling stations and count their votes manually, pointing to a change in the election results. In a previous statement yesterday, the Commission had listed legal details about the appeals that were rejected and those that were accepted by the judiciary. She also talked about 15 approved decisions that resulted in “the manual recount of the contested stations, and the annulment of the results of some polling stations” (one center includes 6 to 10 polling stations).[/size]
[size=45]The commission decided to reopen 870 polling stations and count their votes[/size]
[size=45]The commission’s statement came after a statement by Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, on Monday, in which he talked about canceling the results of 10,000 electoral stations. The statement quoted Al-Amiri as saying that “the decisions of the Judiciary to invalidate (the results) of some stations that did not close at six o’clock (the evening of the polling day on the tenth of last October) will lead to the invalidity of the results of more than 6,000 stations, and nearly 4 Thousands of stations due to the presence of repeated fingerprints, which means that 10 thousand stations will be canceled, a number that constitutes 18 percent of the total stations in Iraq, which number up to 55 thousand stations. Al-Amiri described these numbers as “large and impressive, and they would make a big difference and fundamentally change the election results.”
This comes at a time when the leader of the "Sadr movement" Muqtada al-Sadr warned against putting pressure on the Electoral Commission, saying in a statement the day before yesterday, "We condemn and denounce all the political and security pressures that the commission is exposed to, and it should not interfere in the work of the judiciary and the court and in its ratification of the The results, which some want to change to keep pace with (the largest bloc), and to be able to disrupt (the majority government), which they resented the signs of its brilliance.”[/size]
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For its part, Iraqi political sources in Baghdad revealed to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed what they described as an agreement that the judiciary body of the Electoral Commission re-accredits and scrutinizes all submitted appeals, and cancels the votes of any electoral center that has been working after six o'clock (the time of voting ends), as well as canceling The results of the stations where there was a discrepancy between the results of the electronic initial sorting and the manual sorting, in full and not in part.” One of these sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the understanding means canceling the results of thousands of electoral stations, most of which are in areas of political competition in southern Iraq and the capital, Baghdad, which naturally means that the results will be greatly affected, as more than 40 electoral districts, out of 83 constituencies, in which victory between one candidate and another depended on a difference of between 100 and 500 votes, which means the victory of two candidates and the disqualification of others who had previously been announced as winners in the preliminary results.
In this context, a member of the Iraqi civil movement, Ahmed Haqqi, spoke about “the weakest link in the current equation, which is the independents and civilians,” adding in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “the first signs of this matter are the announcement of the loss of the independent candidate Amir Al-Maamouri in Babylon, and the rise of the candidate Sadiq signified instead. The latter is among the forces of the Coordination Framework coalition that rejects the results of the current elections.” Haqqi stressed that “any settlement to satisfy the rejectionist forces would be much worse than canceling the elections completely, because the messages of this settlement will increase the street’s conviction of the futility of the polls that take place and end with satisfactory settlements to share the spoils among the main forces.”[/size]
[size=45]Ahmed Haqqi: The weakest link in the current equation is the independents[/size]
[size=45]For his part, the leader of the "Al-Fateh" coalition, Taher Al-Daraji, said in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that "manual counting and sorting revealed many problems," describing the elections as "manipulative." Al-Darraji added that “cancelling the contested election results, which have been proven to be tampered with, extending voting periods, and canceling electoral papers that witnessed repeated fingerprints, will lead to solving some technical problems in the elections, and this has proven successful in several electoral districts.”
On the other hand, a member of the Sadrist movement, Issam Hussein, accused the forces of the "coordinating framework" of "practicing psychological warfare, and working to undermine democratic efforts, and to make citizens aware that the elections are chaos and useless." In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, he added that "the decisions of the judiciary body of the Electoral Commission are surprising, and they came due to partisan pressure on the commission, and they indicate a major partisan and political bankruptcy." Hussein pointed out that "the changes are minor in the results of the Sadrist movement, and the Sadrist bloc's tendency to form a majority government is awaiting approval of the election results." Hussein considered that "the losing forces currently left the demand for manual counting and sorting, and went to a request to cancel the results of the stations, in order to push the Sadrist movement to negotiate and form the settlement government rejected by Muqtada al-Sadr."[/size]
[size=45]In turn, a member of the Iraqi Communist Party, Ayham Rashad, considered that "the current conflict because of the election results confirms that the parties continue the same political interests." He added, in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that "the coordinating framework is making a move to jump on the laws and established norms of political action."[/size]
[size=45]The preliminary results of the elections revealed that the Sadrist bloc affiliated with Muqtada al-Sadr won 74 seats out of 329, while the “Al-Fatah” coalition headed by Al-Amiri was the most prominent loser by obtaining only 16 seats, after it came in second place in the 2018 elections by obtaining 48 seats at the time.[/size]
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