Audits delay Iraqi constitutional referendum results until at least Friday James M Yoch Jr at 8:16 PM ET
[JURIST] The final results from the referendum on the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] will be postponed until Friday at the earliest due to transportation delays and audits being performed because of voting inconsistencies in some provinces, according to officials from the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website]. The audits were announced Monday in response to an unusually high number of yes votes [JURIST report] in certain regions. IECI officers must oversee the complicated audit processes, potentially causing further delay. Sunni Arab leaders, who opposed the draft constitution, have alleged that the vote was fixed in Ninevah and Diyala, two provinces with slight Sunni Arab majorities that only received about 20 percent no ballots. Since defeat of the charter in three of Iraqs 18 provinces would veto it, the Sunnis needed either Ninevah or Diyala to join Salahuddin and Anbar, where preliminary results indicated defeat. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.