A panel of judges that were appointed by Iraq’s Supreme Court have ruled that the votes from the May parliamentary election will be recounted manually by appointees. However, the votes will only be recounted at locations where political parties filed formal complaints. The recount will start in Kirkuk this week. A statement released by the panel said that, “The committee is in agreement with Iraq’s High Election Commission that the manual recount will be only for those ballot stations that political parties filed complaints on them.”
Iraq’s Supreme Court ruled on June 21st that the required manual recount by parliament was entirely constitutional. However, the annulment of votes by Internally Displaced People (IDPs) or advanced votes were not approved. The attempt by parliament to mandate a manual recount of all votes was made on June 6th. Also, nine judges were chosen to replace the entire Iraqi High Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC).
Iraqi president Fuad Masum has urged all political parties and groups involved to let the final election recount be set in stone this time. President Masum stated during a press conference that,
In order to avoid instability and violence, I ask all groups and citizens to act responsibly until the final election results will be announced and approved by Iraq’s Supreme Court. After the approval of the election results by the court, during the legal period all political groups have to do their responsibility for choosing the head of parliament and Iraq’s president, and asking the biggest bloc for forming government.”