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Political parties file complaints over results, Iraqi electoral commission reports

[JURIST] Iraqi political parties have filed at least six challenges to the results of the Jan. 30 elections, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] reported Tuesday. The Commission has given parties until Wednesday to challenge the election results [JURIST document report], which it announced [JURIST report] on Sunday, before it will certify them. At least one complaint was lodged by a losing party requesting a recount of ballots. Results announced Sunday show the United Iraqi Alliance, a Shiite party backed by clergy members, with almost half the vote, while an alliance of Kurdish parties was running second with about 26 percent. The electoral commission received 359 complaints before it announced election results, many from those who were unable to vote due to irregularities and security problems. AP has more.

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