Iraq

Iraq announces 80 pct. vote count results

jos_iraq_election_results-300x202

The Iraqi Electoral Commission has announced preliminary results of 80 percent of vote counts for the country’s recent legislative polls.

The results show Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his main rival former prime minster Iyad Allawi are both set to win 87 seats in Iraq’s 325-seat parliament.

Overall, Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc held a slim lead in the nationwide vote count, with 2,102,981, compared to 2,093,997 for the Maliki’s State of

 Law alliance, a lead of just 8,984 votes.

 

The Shiite coalition of Iraqi National Alliance is set to come in third with 67 seats, while Kurdistania, comprised of the autonomous Kurdish region’s two long-dominant blocs, is projected to have 38.

UNHCR Spokesman Qassim Aboudi told reporters that the final results of the March 7 parliamentary elections would be released “several days later”, without giving an exact date.

Prime Minister Maliki had urged candidates to accept the vote results and do not raise fraud allegation without robust evidence.

Election officials also downplayed allegations of fraud.

National election commission chief Faraj al-Haidari told reporters the number of complaints in the general election was less than half those filed during provincial polls in January 2009.

Iraq’s proportional representation electoral system makes it unlikely that any single group will clinch the 163 seats needed to form a government on its own, and protracted coalition building is likely.

Iraq’s proportional representation electoral system makes it unlikely that any single group will clinch the 163 seats needed to form a government on its own, and protracted coalition building is likely.

Both State of Law and Iraqiya have said they have begun talks with rival blocs to form a government, with analysts warning that political groupings could still maneuver to form a coalition without either list.

Tags

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker