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Abadi calls for manual counting of votes in Kirkuk (Updated)

To resolve issues in the province
2018-05-15

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SULAIMANI — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday (May 15) called for the manual counting of votes in Kirkuk, after Turkmen and Arab lists rejected the preliminary results of the election in the province.

Speaking during a press conference, Abadi called for the manual vote counting in an attempt to resolve the issues in the province.

Abadi said if there were found to be faults in Kirkuk, the recount should take place in all of Iraq, according to state television.

The Prime Minister also called on the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission to fairly deal with complaints issued by the parties on the preliminary results of parliamentary election.

“The electoral commission has not made an agreement with any company to check the electoral devices, and I was informed one week before the election,” Abadi said.

Abadi’s remarks came after Turkmens and Arabs in Kirkuk said fraud has been carried out and that the results of the election have been changed. They called for manual counting of votes in the province.

In the Kurdistan Region, six political parties and the New Generation Movement rejected the preliminary results of the parliamentary election, saying fraud has been carried out in the parliamentary election.

(NRT)