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Victory of 97 women in the elections in Iraq and European mission commends the progress of the process

“The Iraqi elections were well managed,” said the head of the European Observer Mission. “Freedom of expression was respected during the Iraqi elections,” she added.

Today, Tuesday, the Iraqi News Agency quoted Viola von Kramon as saying that the Iraqi elections were well managed and that the polling day was “quiet and peaceful.” She stressed that the voters cast their votes easily, noting that the mission monitored “the dispatch of more than 100 observers, in addition to 59 diplomats from the European Union.” “Freedom of expression was respected during the elections,” she added. She said that the report on the evaluation of the electoral process will be submitted to the new House of Representatives.

In turn, the Electoral Commission in Iraq announced, on Tuesday, the opening of the door for submitting appeals on the results of the poll, which took place on Sunday, according to the Iraqi News Agency.

Today, Tuesday, the Iraqi News Agency quoted the Cabinet Secretariat as announcing the victory of 97 women in the legislative elections. The Sadrist bloc won the highest number of seats in Parliament, according to the preliminary results announced yesterday by the Electoral Commission during the private and public votes by 73 seats. The preliminary results also showed that the Taqaddom bloc came in second place with 38 seats, while the State of Law bloc came in third place with 37 seats in Parliament.

The Sadrist bloc topped the results, and the “Taddam” bloc came second, and the “State of Law” bloc ranked third

Forces close to the “Al-Fatah” coalition, which lost in the Iraqi elections, Tuesday, stated that they would challenge the announced results, stressing that they would not accept them.

Those forces said that the Electoral Commission did not abide by the legal procedures, as they put it.

The Al-Fateh Alliance is led by Hadi al-Amiri and includes parties that have armed factions, and its influence is concentrated in the southern and central governorates, as well as the capital, Baghdad, in addition to its participation in the governorates of Diyala, Salah al-Din and Nineveh.

chest block topping

This comes as the preliminary results revealed the names of the blocs with the highest number of seats in Parliament, which were announced by the Electoral Commission during the private and public votes.

According to these results, the bloc with the highest number of seats in parliament is the Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr, with 73 seats, followed by the “Progress” bloc headed by former Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi with 38 seats.

Also, the State of Law bloc led by Nuri al-Maliki came in third place with 37 seats in parliament, according to what was reported by the official Iraqi News Agency (INA).

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Jalil Adnan, said in a press conference that the commission would receive the appeals within three days.

He added that the results of the manual counting and sorting were identical to the electronic one in the private and public votes, noting that the commission published the preliminary results of the elections for all governorates.

Unprecedented boycott

In addition, some observers considered, according to what was reported by Agence France-Presse, that the voter turnout in these early elections was low, and even an unprecedented boycott rate was recorded.

They also saw that this entitlement hardly motivated voters angry at the chronic corruption, deteriorating public services, and the control of some armed factions to participate, considering that most Iraqis have lost hope that this political system will bring any change capable of improving their lives.

Iraqi election officials conduct electronic vote counting at a polling station in Mosul

It is noteworthy that in 2018, the participation rate reached 44.52%, according to official figures, a percentage considered inflated by some at the time.

As for the current elections, they were called several months before their original date, after they were scheduled to be held in 2022, with the aim of calming the anger of the street after the popular uprising that erupted in the fall of 2019 against corruption, the decline in public services and economic deterioration in a country rich in oil wealth, in addition to the quotas of parties, and the dominance of some armed factions.