Fatah Alliance Calls for Cancellation of Iraq Election Results

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Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri accused the Iraqi Election Commission of several legal and technical violations, calling it “incompetent”.

Amiri said the Alliance would follow legal measures and not resort to escalation through protests and demonstrations.

Some Baghdad political observers expect Coordination Framework groups to return to protests to impose their terms.

The Election Commission’s final results showed Fatah winning 17 seats, down from 48 seats in the previous parliamentary session.

Fatah based its arguments on an old report claiming that the voting machines of the German company Hensoldt were not adequate. Hensoldt was tasked with auditing the devices and software used to count and tally votes for the 2018 election.

“The election results have proven the incompetence of the [electoral] commission to manage it [the vote]“, Amiri during a press conference.

He indicated that the Alliance had doubts about these arrangements from the beginning, saying that the Commission did not submit any report on the elections until the dissolution of parliament, and that this is a violation of the law.

The Commission should have given the results to all the candidates, but it did not comply with this, Amiri said, adding that there is a big difference between the votes given to the candidates and the results announced.

The Alliance has submitted appeals to Federal Court with evidence of forgery, and it has six reports of violations of the law by the Commission.

At a press conference, lawmaker Adnan Faihan, a member of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, said the German company had confirmed there were problems in reading voters’ fingerprints.

Last week, the Electoral Commission responded to reports about the German company, stressing that there had been no electoral fraud and that the court verdicts were decisive and binding on all.

Member of its media team, Imad Jamil, said the claims about the company were sightings reported before the election.

Jamil explained that the company was brought to the counting center and examined the devices and spare parts, and the producing Korean company processed them.

He pointed out that the Commission did not hide the German company’s report, which indicated that the opening, closing, transfer and other related procedures had been carried out correctly.

Jamil also indicated that the Commission responded quickly to several voting issues and that issues with the electoral system did not impact the results.

The company pointed out in its report that the Commission resolved all issues quickly and efficiently, which enabled the verification of data inputs and outputs at several levels, Jamil noted, stressing that no foreign party attempted at any time to influence or interfere with the examination.


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