Soon after the fraud allegations were first made last month, Iraqi election officials rejected [JURIST report] the allegations and calls for a recount. Previously, the commission dismissed allegations of election fraud [JURIST report] from a member of the European Parliament [official website]. The fraud allegations are the latest in a series of problems plaguing the elections. In February, an Iraqi appeals panel ruled [JURIST report] that 28 of the 500 candidates previously banned due to allegations of ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] could stand in the election. The initial ban was characterized by the Iraqi government as illegal, and was reversed [JURIST reports] when the panel acknowledged that it did not have to rule on all 500 candidates at once.
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