No evidence of ‘systemic fraud’ in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, says UNAMI chief

SRSG for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefs Security Council on Nov. 23, 2021. (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on Tuesday (November 23) that so far, there is no evidence of "systemic fraud” in Iraq’s parliamentary elections held on October 10.

During a briefing to the UN Security Council, Hennis-Plasschaert said that the elections were assessed as generally peaceful, well run, featuring significant technical and procedural improvements.

She reiterated that the elections were "hard-earned”, emerged from a wave of demonstrations in 2019.

"While losing seats can be difficult to digest, it is important for any party in any democracy - to examine the reasons and to learn for future elections,” she said.

The UNAMI chief called for political dialogue as there is a "severe lack of trust” between the political parties, between parties and institutions, and between parties and authorities.

(NRT Digital Media)