After Ballots Recount 5 Election Officials Dismissed in Iraq Over Corruption Cases

Published July 29th, 2018 - 07:34 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. (AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. (AFP)
Iraq sacked on Saturday five local election officials on charges of corruption during the May parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had appointed a special committee to investigate claims of vote-rigging in several regions, and on Saturday he approved its recommendation to dismiss local election chiefs in Kirkuk, Anbar and Salahuddin, Judge Laith Jabr Hamza said in a statement.

Those in charge of overseas election offices in Turkey and Jordan were also dismissed.

“The decision to sack the officials was approved by the prime minister after they committed violations, manipulation and financial corruption,” said Jabr.

The move comes as Iraq conducts a manual recount of the ballots - a move likely to speed up the ratification of the final result and the formation of a new government.

The announcement comes the day after cleric Ali al-Sistani urged for government action to fight corruption amid further protests sweeping the southern provinces over corruption and the lack of proper government services and jobs.

Vote-rigging allegations centered on the city of Kirkuk, although there have been reports of irregularities in multiple provinces.

Opposition politicians have claimed that the tabulation system in electronic voting machines that were used for the first time during the election were not secure enough from tampering.

In response to the claims, the outgoing parliament in June ordered a nationwide manual recount of the votes.
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