March 18, 2010 by Post Team
Iraq Election:Prime minister Nuri al-Maliki and the rival Iyad Allawi were neck and neck Thursday, with results to date of its blocks in a tight race to become the largest faction in the Iraqi parliament.
Maliki’s State of the Law of the Alliance led Allawi’s Iraqiya list by just 40,000 votes nationwide, according to updated results based on 83 percent of the vote counted, as the alleged owner of the block fraud and demanded a recount.
But on his way to collect Iraqiya 90 seats out of 325 members of the Council of Representatives, compared to the rule of law 89, according to an AFP calculation that excluded eight seats reserved for minorities.
Votes cast out of Iraq and for a special vote to the security forces, prisoners, sick and have not yet been fully tabulated by the Iraqi electoral commission and could affect the outcome.
The choice, second since Saddam Hussein was toppled in the 2003 invasion, came less than six months before the United States is ready to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq.
An ally of Maliki, charged Wednesday that the count, which has so far taken 10 days, had been plagued by widespread fraud and demanded a national recount.
“It was not clear manipulation within the election commission in the interests of a specific or a specific list,” said Ali al-Adeeb, a candidate rule of law in the predominantly Shiite central province of Karbala.
“State law requires the counting process is repeated to ensure that there has been no manipulation.”
Adeeb Iraqiya described progress as “a miracle”.
His comments were a sharp departure from Maliki’s own days just before, when he dismissed allegations of fraud as “very small”.
Electoral official Ayad al-Kinaani dismissed allegations of fraud, telling AFP the committee’s work was “transparent and carried out carefully, because we know the importance of this step.”
In general, Maliki held a slim lead in the count, with 2,260,483 votes against 2,220,443 for Iraqiya. Results released Tuesday night had put Allawi ahead by less than 9,000 votes.
Rule of law takes in Baghdad, which is the largest province, accounting for more than twice as many seats as any other.
He is also head of oil province of Basra, Iraq’s third largest, as well as five other predominantly Shiite central and southern provinces, but failed to finish in the top three in all but one of Iraq’s Sunni-majority provinces .
Iraqiya, moreover, was leading in four provinces, including the second-largest Nineveh. It was also in a virtual tie for the lead in the fifth, Kirkuk, which was in front of a Kurdish bloc, by about 600 votes.
He was placed in the top three in six Shiite-majority provinces, where Maliki was the first or second.
The Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition led by Shiite religious groups, is ready for third with 69 seats, according to estimates by the AFP, while Kurdistani, consisting of two lengths of the Kurdish autonomous region of the dominant parties, is probably have 39.
No other group is to win more than 10 seats.
Both the rule of law and Iraqiya said they have begun talks with rival blocs forming a government,anlysts warn that political groups could still maneuver to form a coalition, without any list.
Iraq’s system of proportional representation, it is unlikely for one group to secure the 163 seats needed to form a government alone. Building coalitions that long wait.
Complete election results are expected for Thursday. Final results – after all the complaints were investigated and resolved – probably later this month.
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