Last Update 22:51
Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Abadi warns of "dangerous violations" in Iraq's election

Reuters , Tuesday 5 Jun 2018
Haider al-Abadi
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the Tokyo Conference on Supporting Job Creation and Vocational Training to Facilitate Weapons Reduction for Iraqi Society in Tokyo, Japan, April 5, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2468
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2468

Iraq's prime minister said on Tuesday there were "dangerous violations" in the May 12 parliamentary election and banned members of the election commission from travelling, a move that could hinder the delicate process of forming a new government.

The election was won by a bloc led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iran's sway in Iraq.

Haider al-Abadi told a news conference that a report presented to the government recommended a partial manual recount of the vote and the cancellation of results from overseas and displaced voters.

And he said most of the blame for violations lay with Iraq's Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC).

Abadi said he had initially been in favour of moving forward with the political process after the election because Iraq had a history of electoral irregularities that were usually worked out.

"In the beginning I said 'Let's keep going and let the commission deal with the violations'. There are violations each election, here and there."

But he said he was alarmed after studying the report's findings.

"The committee has revealed dangerous things, honestly. Yes there may have been some violations by candidates but the election commission bears the largest share of the responsibility," he said.

High ranking members of IHEC would now be banned from travelling abroad without his permission, Abadi said. Criminal charges might be brought against some people although he did not name them or say if they belonged to the commission.

Abadi said the main issue was with the electronic vote counting devices used by IHEC this year, which he said had been used without prior inspection for errors.

An IHEC spokesman declined to comment.

Abadi's stance raises the prospect of further uncertainty in Iraq at a time when political blocs were starting the complicated process of forming a new government, watched closely by Baghdad's Western allies.

Sadr, whose bloc won the election, led two violent uprisings against U.S. occupation troops after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, secured a surprise victory in the poll by tapping into resentment with government corruption and Tehran's deep influence in Iraq, its most important Arab ally.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.