Maliki's bloc believes substantial fraud occurred in March 7 elections

14:54, April 12, 2010      

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Iraq's State of Law bloc, headed by outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Sunday that 750, 000 votes in five provinces have been manipulated, the bloc spokesman said.

"We believe that there was manipulation for some 750,000 votes in five provinces, and that's large number which can substantially change the results," Hachim al-Hassani, spokesman of the bloc told reporters in a press conference in Baghdad.

Hassani said that his bloc submitted complaints to the appeals panel of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) which is expected to take final decisions about such complaints.

"We demand manual recount if five provinces, including Baghdad, " Hassani said, adding that at least only in Baghdad that a manual recount should be carried out if it is not possible for the other provinces.

Earlier, Maliki said that he did not accept the preliminary results of March 7 elections as they are "not final" and that the IHEC has to revise the complaints which submitted by many blocs, including his bloc, about alleged fraud.

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