Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

EU Observers Approve Integrity of Iraqi Elections

EU Observers Approve Integrity of Iraqi Elections

Wednesday, 13 October, 2021 - 08:15
The European Union Election Observation Mission in Iraq (AFP)

The European Union Election Observation Mission in Iraq approved the parliamentary results, stressing there were no manipulations or violations during the electoral process.

The chief of the mission, Viola von Cramon, said in a press conference in Baghdad that the elections were "technically well-managed and competitive, despite challenges regarding level playing field for candidates and problematic aspects of the legal framework."

She stressed that there weren't any violations and that all necessary measures have been taken to prevent fraud.

"The mission spoke with observers, voters, and citizens, and there weren't any problems during the electoral process," she added.

The chief explained that "voting on election day was largely peaceful and orderly. Voters were able to express their will freely, but the turnout was low." However, there is no reason for accusations of electoral fraud.

Meanwhile, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced that it began receiving requests for appeals against the results of the parliamentary elections.

Head of IHEC, Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, said in a statement that the Iraqi election law allows blocs and parties participating in the polls to submit appeals against the preliminary results within three days, starting the day after the publication of the election results.

He explained that the High Elections Commission would respond to the judicial body's requests for elections and inquiries about appeals within a period of not more than seven working days from the date they are received.

Editor Picks