Four parties boycott process of manual vote recount in Erbil [Updated]

Results of manual recount of votes in Erbil

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SULAIMANI — Four Kurdish political parties boycotted on Thursday (July 12) the process of manual recount of votes for Iraqi parliamentary election in Erbil.

NRT correspondent Omed Chomani said Change Movement (Goran), the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) and Coalition for Justice and Democracy have boycotted the process.

During a press conference in Erbil, they said that they boycott the process because the Iraqi electoral commission is not recounting all of the ballot boxes in the governorate as ordered by the Iraqi Parliament to recount the votes nationwide.

Iraqi electoral commission began the process of manual recount of votes in Erbil on Thursday morning. Representatives and observers from the United Nations and other political parties were also attending the process.

The electoral commission recounts 215 ballot boxes manually in Erbil. The boxes are those that the political parties filed complaints against due to electoral fraud.

The Iraqi parliament approved a third amendment to the election law on June 6, ordering a nationwide manual recount of votes for the parliamentary election because of widespread reports of fraud.

Iraq’s electoral commission introduced electronic voting and vote counting to eliminate electoral fraud for the parliamentary election on May 12. Several parties, however, complained about the new system.