'No big change' as partial Iraq vote tallies sent for approval

Iraq's parliamentary election results have not changed significantly as the result of a recount of 2.5 million ballots that has now reached the halfway point, an elections official also said.

'No big change' as partial Iraq vote tallies sent for approval

Iraq's election commission announced Sunday it will send the results of the March vote to the Supreme Court for final ratification, except those in Baghdad where a recount is under way.

The court sent a message to the commission about the possibility of ratifying results and the decision of the commission is to send all election results except Baghdad," said Qassim al-Abboudi, the election commission spokesman.

The votes from Baghdad province are currently being recounted following allegations of fraud by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition narrowly came in second to secular Shiite politician Ayad Allawi, whose Iraqiya bloc was heavily backed by minority Sunni Arabs.

Al-Abboudi said the decision also follows a request from al-Maliki to ratify the results aside from Baghdad. President Jalal Talabani and his two deputies made a similar request on Tuesday.

Also on hold are results for special party compensatory seats, Christian seats and those whose winners are being vetted for links to Saddam Hussein's era by a Shiite-led panel.

"No big change"

Iraq's parliamentary election results have not changed significantly as the result of a recount of 2.5 million ballots that has now reached the halfway point, an elections official also said.

The recount, which began Monday, is expected to be finished on Friday, said Faraj al-Haidari, head of the Independent High Electoral Commission.

"We hope there will be no significant change. It is possible that there might be a change in a couple of votes here and there," Haidari said.

"Change is ... acceptable up to 4 percent and so far the vote count allocation has not changed by even 1 percent."

A judicial review panel ordered the manual recount in Baghdad, which holds more than 20 percent of the seats in Iraq's 325-member parliament.

Allawi's Iraqiya coalition gained 91 parliamentary seats compared to 89 for Maliki's State of Law bloc.

State of Law announced last week a tie-up with the Iraqi National Alliance, which finished third with 70 seats, to form the largest grouping in parliament.


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