The manual recount of 215 disputed ballot boxes in Erbil began on Thursday morning. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Change Movement (Gorran), the Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ), the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), and Komal are boycotting the manual recount of votes in Erbil, according to Rudaw’s Ranja Jamal.
In a joint statement released on Thursday afternoon, the parties called on the election commission to respect the constitution and the rulings of the federal court.
“‘The High Independent Electoral Commission will be committed to a manual recount of votes in all polling stations throughout Iraq,’ says article 1 from the third amendment of law 45 of 2003 of the parliament, which was also approved by the federal court,” the statement reads.
“But what the commission is doing is a recount of a small number of ballot boxes, which is 2,015 boxes out of 3,092 boxes. And this is only 6.9 percent of the ballot boxes. Despite this, some of the complaints we have filed have not been taken into consideration.”
The parties say this behavior brings the commission itself into question.
“The commission has not yet formally responded to any of our complaints, and has violated the principle of partnership. It is not transparent in giving information to entities and impedes us, especially the media, from obtaining evidence,” the statement claims.
“The law requires voters’ fingerprints to be verified to see whether they match, and this law was approved by the federal law. But the commission is violating this law by not implementing this mechanism.”
“That is why, we, the four political parties of the Change Movement (Gorran), CDJ, KIU and Komal call on the commission to initially respond officially to our complaints and enforce the law in complete and as it is, recounting votes from all polling stations and matching the fingerprints, as well as comparing barcodes on ballot papers and those on identification devices.
“We have decided to boycott the process of the manual recount of votes until our requests are met,” the statement added.
The manual recount of 215 disputed ballot boxes in Erbil began on Thursday morning under the supervision of judges and party representatives.
The recount is taking place in Shadi Hall, Erbil city, overseen by members of the Iraqi electoral body, according to Rudaw’s Ranja Jamal.
In addition to these 215 boxes, a further 70 disputed boxes have been sent to Baghdad to be counted.
Appointed judges have decided to restrict the manual recount to only those ballot boxes that were appealed.
Several Kurdish opposition parties jointly rejected the results of Iraq’s parliamentary election on May 12, claiming the election process was rigged, pointing fingers at the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a claim denied by both parties.
Last updated: 2.48 a.m.