Leading Iraqi candidate fears electoral fraud

Leading Iraqi candidate fears electoral fraud

[JURIST] A leading candidate on the Shiite Muslim ticket for this week's elections in Iraq has said that he fears the landmark poll could be tarnished by fraud and abuse. Iraqi Finance Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi [Reuters profile] indicated that security threats in certain areas of the country could lead to monitoring problems, and that any tampering of the polls facilitated by lack of monitors could "destroy the whole experience." Mahdi has been touted as a possible prime minister if the coalition of Shiite religious groups dominates the polls as expected. AFP has more.