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Iraq Investigates Vote Fraud Allegations

From those champions of one man, one vote at Reuters:

Electoral officials tally votes at a ballot counting centre in Baghdad February 2, 2009.

Iraq investigating serious vote fraud allegations

By Ahmed Rasheed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Electoral officials are examining serious complaints of vote fraud in Iraq’s western Anbar province, where Sunni Arab tribal leaders are disputing provincial election results.

The independent electoral commission has received a flood of complaints about fraud and other violations from the largely Sunni Arab province, Faraj al-Haidari, Iraq’s senior electoral official, told Reuters on Wednesday…

Anbar seems to be one of the few areas where voting disputes have led to outright threats of violence. The province was the heart of a Sunni insurgency until tribal-backed guard units, known as Awakening Councils, drove out al Qaeda in 2006-07.

Awakening leaders are threatening to take up arms over what they see as voter fraud at the hands of the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP), Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab party which has controlled Anbar since 2005 polls mostly boycotted by Sunni Arabs…

Preliminary results are expected on Thursday but final results will not be released until the end of the month, when electoral officials have finished investigating any complaints.

Well, we had hoped that Iraq had managed to hold an open and honest election.

But now it is starting to sound like Minnesota over there.

(And isn’t it funny how much the ‘Sunni Insurgency’ always sounds like the DNC?)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Iraq Investigates Vote Fraud Allegations”

  1. Confucius says:

    I didn’t know ACORN had gone international.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Al Franken will get right on that, I’m sure.

  3. artboyusa says:

    See? We really can successfully export American-style democracy to the Middle East. In your face, naysayers!

  4. Gila Monster says:

    I didn’t realize that we exported “community organizers” to Iraq.
    They must have had fake passports and such, just doing the jobs Americans wont do. ;o)

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