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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Electoral Commission clarified, on Sunday, October 31, 2021, the position regarding the invalid ballot papers, and while it confirmed the completion of the application process for the appendices of appeals, it indicated that it had not yet recorded a difference between the results of the electronic and manual sorting.
Electoral Commission spokeswoman Jumana Al-Ghalay said in a statement followed by Al-Masala: There is no new appeals process, and what has been opened since the 29th of this month and for a period of 3 days ending today are supplements to the appeals to reinforce the evidence and evidence for the appeals submitted earlier, and new stations may be re-counted and sorted Other than the previously announced, amounting to more than two thousand stations.
She added: Today, the commission completed counting and sorting 238 stations, appealing their results, and there is no difference in the results.
She pointed out that there is no difference between the electronic and manual results in the stations recounted and sorted so far, indicating that the Dhi Qar stations whose results are contested are more than 600 and will be sorted over the course of two days tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
In response to the questioning of the counting and sorting process, Al-Ghalai said: The candidates who submitted appeals attended the counting and sorting process, they or their representatives, and the process is carried out with complete transparency, and the observers praised the counting and sorting process for the first time in the presence of observers and representatives of candidates and entities.
With regard to the excluded invalid papers, Al-Ghalay indicated that their number is few, noting that the invalid papers are those that the verification device does not read, as there are few cases in which the voting stamp is outside the space designated for the candidate’s name, number, or logo, and thus the device rejects them, and the device also reads the designated ink The seal and any unofficial seal are not read by the machine.
She concluded by saying that the counting and sorting process does not end with its completion, but with the completion of the judicial body reviewing all the results submitted to it by the Board of Commissioners and issuing decisions in their regard.
According to the preliminary results of the legislative elections, the Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, won the largest number of parliament seats, 73 out of 329.
The Taqadoud Alliance, led by the outgoing Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, came in second place after winning 37 seats.
The State of Law bloc, headed by the head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, came third with 34 seats, then the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 32 seats.