IHEC says Iraq parliamentary election manual audit complete, pending complaints process


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SULAIMANI — A week after voters cast ballots in Iraq’s parliamentary election, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced the near final results, pending procedures to adjudicate formal complaints.

Depending on whether any complaints are upheld, the numbers of seats could change, so these seat allocations have not been published officially in the gazette.

Head of IHEC Jalil Adnan said at a press conference that 3,681 stations had been audited manually.

According to the currently available results, Sadrist candidates won 73 seats, achieving a plurality in the new parliament and constitute the largest Shia grouping. Former Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi’s Taqadum Alliance won the second most seats overall and the most in the Sunni bloc with 37.

Former prime minister Nouri al-Amaliki’s State of Law won 33 seats, the pro-PMF Fatah Alliance sixteen, the Sunni bloc’s Azm thirteen, and the National State Forces Alliance six.

The Imtidad Movement, which was borne out of the October protest Movement, won nine seats, while other independents won 35.

In the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won 32 seats, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) sixteen seats, the New Generation Movement nine seats, the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) four seats, and the Kurdistan Justice Group one seat.

A number of other smaller parties won seats in the 329-seat Council of Representatives.

Nine other seats were allocated to ethnic and religious minorities.

(NRT Digital Media)