Iraq: highest judicial body ratifies legislative results

The Federal Supreme Court, Iraq’s highest constitutional body, ratified the results of the October legislative elections on Monday, December 27, after having challenged a complaint lodged by the former paramilitaries of Hachd al-Chaabi.

This simple administrative procedure will allow the new Parliament to hold its inaugural session within two weeks, according to the law. « The Federal Supreme Court has ratified the results of the legislative elections, » announced its media manager in a brief statement.

Earlier in the day, the Federal Supreme Court had rejected a complaint lodged by former paramilitaries of Hachd al-Chaabi to overturn the results of the last legislative elections, noted an AFP journalist. After the legislative elections of October 10, the Alliance of Conquest, the political showcase of Hachd al-Chaabi, lodged its complaint denouncing a poll marred by fraud. The influential Tehran-backed party won just 17 seats – against 48 in the outgoing 329-member parliament.

«The federal court has decided to dismiss the complaint to not have the final election results confirmed and to have the plaintiff bear the costs (of the case)», Said judge Jassem Mohamed Aboud while reading the verdict. « The verdict is binding on all authorities.»

Unmissable political actor

The elections were won by Hashd’s big rival, the current Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr, who won 73 seats and becomes the first bloc in parliament, according to official results announced by the electoral commission. Despite its failure, Hachd al-Chaabi remains a key political actor, backed by Iran’s support and its 160,000 combatants integrated into the regular forces.

Leaders of the Conquest Alliance recently explained at a press conference the reasons for their complaint, detailing hiccups that occurred during the vote. Citing expert reports from a German company commissioned by the electoral commission to assess the conduct of the vote, they recalled that the fingerprints of many voters could not be recognized during electronic voting. They also pointed to the failures of an electronic device used for voting, the C-1000.


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