Iraq Election Comission Says No Fraud Foud in Recount

May 16, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Qassim al-Abbudi, spokesman for Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), speaks during a press conference in Baghdad on May 16. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki failed to gain the four seats he needed to form a coalition government. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty Images )
Qassim al-Abbudi, spokesman for Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), speaks during a press conference in Baghdad on May 16. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki failed to gain the four seats he needed to form a coalition government. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty Images )
After two weeks of recounting by hand, the 2.5 million ballots from Iraq’s March 7 elections show no evidence of fraud, according to officials yesterday.

“There is no proof … that there was fraud or manipulation or big mistakes,” Qassim al-Aboudi, a spokesman for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), said at a news conference according to a Reuters report.

The official recount announcement will be made today after the recount is ratified by a federal court, according to the BBC.

Incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law bloc demanded the recount in Bagdhad and surrounding areas citing allegations of fraud after it came in two seats behind the Al-Iraqiya coalition headed by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.