Baghdad - INA
The Independent High Electoral Commission decided, today, Friday, to re-count and manually count the contested electoral stations.
A statement by the Commission, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), stated that it "continued today, Friday, October 22, to study the appeals submitted to it and were audited by the relevant department, as 295 appeals were presented to the Board of Commissioners today, Friday, and after completing the necessary investigative procedures in light of the evidence and the recommendation.".
The statement added, "The Council recommended the dismissal of 294 appeals for various reasons, the most important of which is the lack of evidence for the appeal or its violation of the provisions of Article 38/First of the Iraqi Parliament Elections Law in force, as the appellant did not specify the station or center whose results he is appealing and requested to open all stations of the electoral district or to prove The announced results are in conformity with the results, and these appeals will be sent with the recommendation to the Judicial Commission for Elections to decide on them in accordance with the law.
He pointed out that "the council decided to approve the re-counting and manual counting of some contested electoral stations based on the appeal of one of the candidates in Kirkuk governorate, as it was supported by evidence, and the council will present the appropriate recommendation in this regard after completing the procedures for manual counting and sorting.".
He added, "The counting of votes manually takes place in the presence of representatives of the competing candidates in these stations, according to dates, procedures and mechanisms to be determined later and notified before an appropriate period."