No recounting or sorting out the votes, IHEC says.
Pentagon unpleased with al-Maliki's statement and the State of Law Alliance says UN interferes in Iraq's political processThe Independent Higher Electoral Commission (IHEC) faces problems just as it announces the initial results of the Iraqi elections, and some political entities are criticizing the process of counting and sorting out the votes. According to the IHEC, the final results announced on March 26 and the complaints by the entities after results are declared will be dealt with.The State of Law Alliance, led by Premier Nuri al-Maliki, and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, head of one of the main entities in the Kurdistan Alliance list, asked for a manual recount of the votes in some Iraqi governorates. The IHEC officially refused to meet such demand, and announced that it will not recount the votes once again in any part of the country. "All political entities have received the full procedure for counting and sorting out the votes via CDs. Every entity can compare its own results with the results available on the CDs. If there is a mistake, they can submit the complaint to the IHEC," said Faraj Haidari, IHEC head. Haidari also explained that the process of counting and sorting out could be repeated if there is evidence, although the IHEC unanimously refused to do this. "After the results are announced, the entities can go to the court and submit their complaints," said Sa'd al-Rawi, IHEC member, noting that recounting and sorting out the votes will not happen. Meanwhile, al-Maliki threatened the IHEC in a statement if the Commission doesn't consider his demand. "Iraq will face security destabilization if the votes are not recounted," he said. According to al-Maliki, his being the No. 1 official in the country and in charge of Iraq's political process, as well as the general commander of Iraq's military forces, justifies his making such a statement. But Al-Iraqia list (led by Iyad al-Allawi), which is the competing list to al-Maliki's State of Law Alliance, considered al-Maliki's threat a coup d'E[umlaut]tat in the political and democratic process in Iraq. The deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament in the State of Law Alliance, Khalid Attiya, reported that they have confidential information that proves the IHEC falsely doctored data. "The available information clarifies that the IHEC falsified votes, which resulted in inaccurate results." Attiya also called for a transparent recount and sorting out of the votes according to international standards. Al-Maliki's announcement concerning the election results drew negative reactions from the American side. The Pentagon described al-Maliki's statement about the future destabilization of Iraq's security as if Maliki isn't interested in peaceful change of power in the country. "Al-Maliki's reference to commandership of the military forces is a clear indication of using military forces in case al-Maliki doesn't admire the results," said Pentagon. But a member in the State of Law Alliance, Kahlid Assad, underlined that the UN wants to run the political process in Iraq by interfering in the electoral process. "The IHEC is unable to count and sort out the votes. The foreign agendas influenced the IHEC, and then the IHEC announced the initial results according to their desires. "According to Assad, the UN has interfered in the Commission's affairs via its representation in Iraq. "Regional and foreign sides have tried to change the political direction in the country through the elections."Meanwhile, local media in Iraq published that the IHEC stopped 39 employees from working for the Commission due to mistakenly inputting the data and votes into the computer. The State of Law Alliance has also already declared that it will follow constitutional avenues in dealing with the electoral results if their expectations are not met. "The manual recounting and sorting out of votes needs more than three months if we face no problem or complaint by political entities," said al-Haidari. "If the political entities don't believe in computer counting that supports no side or entity, how do they believe in manual counting? The Commission has done its works neutrally and under the supervision of all the Iraqis, international countries, UN, and the Arab League," noted al-Haidari. "Those who want the counting and sorting out to be done once again can ask to repeat the elections as a whole--this doesn't concern the IHEC."Al-Haidari also clarified that the IHEC is trying its best for the success of Iraq and a successful electoral process. "The democratic process is something new for Iraqis, especially as the Iraqis have been acquainted with it after the collapse of the Baath Regime."The head of Al-Iraqia list, Iyad al-Allawi, asked al-Maliki to refrain from using threatening language and to peacefully deal with the situation. "Al-Maliki should accept the results the IHEC declares."
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